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The perplexities of leaf disposal.Posted Friday, November 11, 2011, at 7:41 AM
I have been perplexed, confused, disappointed, you name it when it comes to why leaves are such a problem to municipalities. I have been this way since a town from which my brother was getting his leaves declared them TOXIC WASTE. Toxic waste?
They must have a broad, very broad definition of what toxic waste is and when I read in the paper that Tennessee had changed their rules regarding disposal of leaves, I was braced for the worst. Luckily it was based on open burning, not toxic waste.
Most of us know that leaves are organic and their decomposition gives the forest floor great soil texture and richness. So why do we make it so hard to return that to the soil?
I don't have the article in front of me, but it seems that it was stated that at one time Shelbyville just piled it, let it rot and residents were allowed to pick up what they wanted.
Apparently not enough residents took advantage of this? The pile appeared untouched?
Was it open for anyone, or just city residents? There are a lot of subdivisions in the county that do not have ample fodder for compost piles. Were they encouraged to help themselves?
Were landscaping companies given the same carte blanche to clean out the pile? Who cares if they charge someone for bringing it to them or use it in their business?
Charging commercial accounts requires someone to be there to collect but if you MUST charge, maybe just issue a license, with a yearly fee (to businesses) and police can spot check once in a while. I would think that removal not costing the city anything would be payment enough but...
It is saving the City and residents money by not having to buy bags, the city can fire up their vacuum again, which makes it faster and easier. The city does not have to transport it to a landfill in Murfreesboro, pay fees to dump and it reduces the amount going into the landfill.(go green)
I must be missing some important points here, so please, someone enlighten me. Seriously, not sarcastically, what am I not aware of that makes this a problem?
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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