LETTERS: Extra trash pick-up fee bugs reader

I hope you’re in the mood for a true story. Last week I finally had time to clean out a few storage areas around my house. I was amazed at all the junk. I was determined to get rid of as much as possible so I sorted items into different piles.

The pile for trash pick-up continued to mount. I initially put five-yes, five!-large trash bags of two- and three-liter plastic bottles that I had used in my garden in the garbage pile. However, my conscience kicked in and I spent more than three hours washing all of the bottles so I could take them to the local recycling center.

I still ended up with a huge pile for the trash haulers. Ninety-nine percent of what was in that huge pile was not recyclable materials. You can understand my amazement when I received a bill from the city for $3 for the “extra trash pick-up.”

I have been very disturbed by this bill. First, I did not realize there was a limit on how much could be put on the curb for pick-up.

Second, I have observed fellow citizens of Hillsboro with equal if not more trash items to pick up. The main difference in our piles is the number of items that should be taken to the local recycling center-namely, cardboard, newspapers, plastic milk jugs and pop bottles, aluminum and tin cans.

Houses with only a small bag or two usually have no recyclable items. I guess these citizens must understand the value of recycling and that wastefulness will cost us more than money.

Thanks for letting me get this off of my mind.

By the way, the Hillsboro Recycling Center hours are Thursday evenings, 5-7 p.m.and Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to noon. I hope to see you there.

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