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Answer to the children

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Mr. Bell,

I live in Cedar Key and have an issue I need you to take care of as soon as you can. I found out the last pick up of recycle materials on Monday were not separated due to inmate labor being no longer offered to the county. So all went to the landfill which is a major concern for Cedar Key and our tipping fees as well as the program’s future to reduce trash and meet the 2008 Energy, Climate Change and Economic Security Act statewide recycling goal of 75% by 2020.

Also I heard on NPR News 89.1 that Marion County is now going to start with Waste Pro the same single-stream, curbside recycle program myself and other concerned folks in Cedar Key put time and energy into starting.    

Through education in our school we had the most pledges for recycling in the state and won the America Recycles Day Pledge Contest for a second year now. What message are we sending when the BOCC are not looking ahead to organize and promote what we teach.    

I request you answer to the children of our community who will receive an award from the Florida DEP on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m at the Cedar Key School for their hard work at the Seafood Festival to educate the public and collect pledges.

I would greatly appreciate the BOCC exploring the opportunities to better our community’s resources to keep our roadway’s litter-free by promoting recycling within the county which in turn would enhance tourism.  

May I suggest the BOCC also look into waste transfer stations positioned around the county to promote recycling for rural residents.  This would help keep our roadways cleaner and reduce trash in our landfills.

Sincerely yours,

Lawrence S. Feldman

Cedar Key