Our View: Trading the old for the new
Indeed, in the spring, summer and fall more than 80 percent of Boone households alone recycle.That environmental dedication points to more than good stewardship of our land, it shows, as the recycling coordinator for Boone said, that "folks in this community ... put our mountain first."
But not to rest on our laurels, now it's important that Watauga continues to explore other avenues in recycling convenience and materials. Boone's curbside recycling program is largely behind the town's high percentage, but both the town and county must continue to explore a similar program for recycling other plastics and materials not currently accepted. Today, for example, only the convenience center at the old landfill site off of U.S. 421 accepts rigid plastics, such as plant containers.
Beyond this, food waste for composting, used cooking oil and electronics all present other opportunities for recycling, and the chance to not only give back to our mountain region, but preserve it for generations.