Laurel Dickey: Headline about the end of recycling does a disservice

Published: 1/14/2020 2:18:01 PM
Modified: 1/14/2020 2:17:13 PM

I am writing to express my displeasure with the headlining of the article “The end of recycling” in the Gazette on Jan. 1, 2020. Recycling most certainly is not at an end, not here in the Pioneer Valley nor across the world.

Using such a headline only serves to create negative drama and to support the notion that recycling is not a useful activity. Specifically, a headline like this is likely to decrease recycling rates in our communities.

As the market for recycling our refuse narrows, it becomes increasingly essential that we discover more and better ways to reuse materials in order to create a more sustainable situation for the earth. As single stream recycling becomes more prevalent, and we accept the challenges it brings, it behooves us to find ways to become more efficient with recycling overall.

I trust that, in the future, the Gazette will use headlines that are informative rather than those that are designed to be sensational.

Laurel Dickey


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