Worried about water
As an owner in Gulf Island Beach and Tennis Resort, the recent sale of the adjacent lot to Sunset Phase 4 has me quite concerned in respect to our water supply. Our current water pressure is less than perfect, and if we had a catastrophic fire, I’m skeptical that there would be enough water on the island to accommodate.
Hopefully this issue will be looked into. Thanks.
Jacki Kearney, Hudson
County lagging in recycling efforts
In the late 1980’s while I was the solid waste manager, Pasco’s existing landfill was rapidly filling. The county took steps to minimize the amount buried with the construction of the Resource Recovery Facility and adjacent West Pasco Class I & III Landfill. The facility was designed and built to accommodate a fourth 350 ton-per-day unit.
In the same time frame, the state mandated all counties to conduct recycling. The county responded by initiating voluntary blue-bag recycling, excluding newspaper and cardboard. As the county population grew and the facility began to reach capacity, the county failed to require mandatory curbside recycling. Nor did they look to construct the fourth unit.
I am appalled at the lack of knowledge of what recycling accomplishes, especially for a county with a burn facility. First, glass recycling removes material from the waste stream that adds no fuel value. The paper component has fuel value, but takes up capacity for waste that can’t be recycled other than by converting to electrical energy. Mandatory recycling is 10-20 years past due.
Furthermore, the lack of understanding of solid waste management economics by those in charge is amazing. It is costing the county at least $35-40 per ton to landfill un-recycled glass. Solid waste shipped to a non-county landfill exposes the county to cleanup costs if something goes wrong. The delay in expanding the resource recovery facility has resulted in an increase in capital costs while losing valuable landfill capacity, a cost of at least $100 per ton to permit and construct.
Effective solid waste management needs to start ASAP before the price increases more. Firing workers does not fix the problem, commissioners.
George Ellsworth, Dade City