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Letters: Prince George’s residents are making too much of a stink about trash collection

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The Washington Post – August 14, 2017

Written by Neil Seldman

The decision to cut twice-a-week garbage collection to once a week is a reasonable response to budget overruns. In today’s world of tight budgets, many cities have made this transition, particularly with the introduction of recycling, which reduces the amount of garbage to be collected.

The problem of smelly garbage is real, which makes it important for Prince George’s County to continue to implement composting in the county. Without food waste in the garbage cart, the smells are mitigated. Food-waste composting has the added benefit of creating more jobs and of producing compost — a made-in-Maryland product — that enhances local soils and the ability to grow local food.

Neil Seldman, Washington

The writer is director of the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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