Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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January 28, 2014
for glass recycling
I have been hauling my empty glass bottles to the Republic recycling depot here in Dallas for years, believing that those containers would be recycled. That is, melted and formed into new glass, not added to any landfill.
But it isn't so. According to Republic, this glass is hauled to Coffin Butte, a landfill, crushed, and spread on the ground to make roadbeds within the landfill site.
Wouldn't the words "recycled glass" on the big bin at Republic, where I deposit my glass, be misleading?
If you are serious about recycling your used glass — and don't want to help build the Coffin Butte ziggurat — you do have an option. The depot at Garten Foundation in Salem is open for you 24/7 and they do recycle glass. You will find this depot at 3334 Industrial, Salem, just off Pine Street. A trip every month, which can be combined with another errand to Salem, is well worth the satisfaction of knowing I am recycling.
It seems that any recycling center that combines all colors of glass in one bin, as does Republic, is not sending glass to be melted and formed into new glass. That process requires colors to be kept separate.
Have a say in city
sign code changes
The city of Dallas Planning Commission is proposing to revise the current Dallas Sign Code in 2014. These proposed changes for the most part are good and will help to simplify the existing outdated and confusing code.
However, business interests have organized and are asking for changes in the sign code that include off-premises business signs and signs in residential neighborhoods. These changes will change the look and feel of our community.
I urge residents to get involved and attend the open house on Feb. 5 at the Dallas Civic Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is a chance for you to learn about the proposed changes, ask questions and complete a brief survey to gauge public opinion about signs in Dallas.
For more information and to read the current code and the draft of the revised sign code, go to www.dallasor.gov/signcode. This is your opportunity to have a voice in the way our community will look for years to come. I hope to see you there.
Jaffer will make
Great news for Polk County voters: there's a choice to make for one county commissioner post.
Danny Jaffer has filed for Commissioner Position 2, currently held by Craig Pope. Jaffer seeks this post to serve all Polk County residents. Danny brings fresh ideas when old ideas seem to have run out of energy and means. He brings a leadership background including military service, and as president of Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative, serving southern Polk County.
Danny brings an open mind and a willingness to consider ideas from all in facing the challenges of Polk County in the 21st century.