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.