DAILY NEWS Nov 5, 2012 4:26 PM - 2 comments

Spring Hill mayor won't impose recycling 'ideologies' onto residents

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By: SWR Staff
November 5, 2012 2012-11-05

Michael Dinwiddie — mayor of Spring Hill, Tennessee, says he’s concerned about not wanting the government to force "personal ideologies onto everyone," and is refusing to finalize a contract with Waste Management that includes a curbside recycling collection service, The Tennessean reports.

Dinwiddie won't sign an approved contract with Waste Management because of citizen complaints over the $3.58 monthly charge for curbside recycling. The mayor says he’s planning on sending out a citywide survey in the next city water bill to gauge citizen interest in the new service.

"I do not believe it is the government's role to force its personal ideologies onto everyone, especially when it involves increasing the rates that our residents have to pay for a service," Dinwiddie wrote in an email to aldermen and city staff obtained by The Tennessean. "Recycling is important but should be voluntary, and if there is a charge for the service, then I want the residents to have a voice in the matter."

Dinwiddie indicated in the letter that if a majority of residents note that they don't want to pay for the service, then he will take action to modify or rescind the contract. If they are willing to pay for the service, then he will move the recycling contract forward.

Springhill is a small city of about 30,000 people, an hour south of Nashville.



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DrRossh

"I do not believe it is the government's role to force its personal ideologies onto everyone, especially when it involves increasing the rates that our residents have to pay for a service,"

We believe the mayor could have thought through this more. He says it is not the governments role to interfere with personal decisions. What about the interference of a few for the betterment of many of his citizens. A clean environment is every bodies right to enjoy. Just because a few people care to litter does that make it ok for the rest of us to suffer for it? No it does not. The lack of recycling and the loss of all that material to a landfill or litter is a cost to his people, not a direct cost but a secondary cost in the higher price of energy, in materials, in property taxes to pay for highway clean up campaigns and environmental quality. So his people are already paying more. '$5 a week is a big issue' at the expense of creating all those recycling jobs, saving valuable resources, and a cleaner environment. That is weak and poorly thought out comment. We urge the mayor to look at the big picture for his people and become a leader for them not a weakling who cowers down to a $5 a week cost for something we ALL know is a good thing.

Posted November 8, 2012 06:00 PM


Jodi

Is is possible for each citizen to have the option to have the recycle bin with the extra charge or to not take part in the service? It sounds like the decision was made based on everyone having to have the service. Thanks!

Posted November 6, 2012 01:16 PM


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