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A4: letter kelter

In Saturday's Hood River News, a letter to the editor criticized the new garbage rates and recycling program. The writer suggested that the rates are too high, and the recycling bins too cumbersome to move. He suggested that from now on he would haul his own garbage to the transfer station, thereby saving money.

I heartily disagree with the writer. I believe the new rates and bins are an innovative, and efficient, way to deal with Hood River's solid waste. The garbage service offers its customers graduated rates depending on the quantity of garbage disposed of. I took advantage of this, and now set out a smaller can each week. My recycling no longer has to be sorted to the extent the previous ownership required, making recycling so much easier. Furthermore, the new owners accept at curbside many more types of recycled materials, including mixed paper and plastic bottles.

My husband and I have hauled our own refuse to the transfer station. It is a physically laborious job, much more so than moving three bins to the end of a driveway. Not only must one load the garbage into an appropriate vehicle at home, but also unload it into the huge dumpsters at the transfer station.

I applaud the new garbage company, and thank them for their vigorous efforts to promote recycling in our community.

Peggy Dills Kelter

Hood River

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