To the Editor:
I just sent the following to the City of Mason Mayor and City Adminstrator:
Dear Mr. Hinckley and Mr. Boudreaux:
When you live outside the Mason city limits, in order to get rid of your garbage you can contract with the company who services the area or go to the dump yourself. In my case, I generate only about one bag every four weeks thanks to composting and Mason’s great recycle center (and no, I don’t drive a black SUV). Paying the garbage service around $20 a month for pickup wouldn’t be cost effective for one bag, and besides, the company requires that the garbage be put into bags and taken to the top of the road. As I told them, if I have to take my trash for a ride, I’ll just keep going and take it to the dump myself—it’s cheaper.
But it’s not cheap enough. My one bag would cost $5 to put in the dump, which is the current minimum charge as set by the City of Mason. Consequently, I don’t go with only one bag—I wait until I have three bags since that costs the same amount. This isn’t any problem in the winter, but my frugality means that in the summer my trash is pretty ripe by the time I have a load.
I know I’m not the only person who faces this dilemma. I’m sure that the highway trash cans are often overflowing because other people want to get rid of a small amount of trash without paying that $5 minimum. Also, the minimum rate of $5 means some people will burn their trash without taking the plastic out, which is bad for everyone.
Anyway, what I ‘d like to see is the City initiating a one-bag program at the dump—1 bag, 1 buck. Of course there would be the occasional person who tossed in a bit more than one bag, but most people would be honest about it. I don’t think this would have an overall negative effect on dump proceeds and it would save at least some dumping in the roadside cans and some burning of inappropriate materials.
You might say that misuse of the highway cans isn’t any concern of yours since the State maintains them, but we ARE the State, after all. And we are all breathing the same air. Doing whatever we can to reduce littering and pollution should be one of Mason’s goals, and this might be a way to make a progress toward achieving it.
PO Box 1892
Mason, TX 76856