The poll last week was a bust, only 34 people voted, about a third of the usual number of responses. I attribute this to a combination of the poll itself (poorly phrased?) and apathy about an issue miles from the municipal limits of the City of St. Louis.
Here are the results:
Q: Thoughts on government (EPA/MO-DNR) regulation/oversight at the Bridgeton & Westlake landfills?
- Government should’ve done substantially more 18 [52.94%]
- Government should’ve done a little more 7 [20.59%]
- Government reaction has been just right 7 [20.59%]
- Government should’ve done a little less 1 [2.94%]
- Government should’ve done substantially less 1 [2.94%]
- Unsure/No Answer 0 [0%]
For what it’s worth, more than half thought government should’ve done substantially more. I agree, but I also think we can all do substantially more to reduce what we send to landfills.
My boyfriend and I recycle everything we can, but also to reduce the items sent to landfills & recycling:
- Buy some items in larger sizes to reduce packaging waste from multiple smaller packages
- Make cleaning products with Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, such as liquid laundry detergent & dishwasher powder. Saves lots of packaging, as well as money.
- For 3 months now we’ve been vermicomposting in a Rubbermaid container in our loft. Yes, red wiggler worms eat our kitchen scraps!
Here are some other green things we do:
- Use connected LED bulbs in our 3 most used lights
- Use the Nest thermostat to control our HVAC system
- Line dry our clothing indoors
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Try to buy more fresh fruits & veggies rather than packaged processed “food”
- Make our own yogurt, hummus, and other items.
The two landfills with issues mentioned in my original post have been closed for years now, but everyone should be concerned about the mountains of trash we create.
– Steve Patterson