印第安納州加爾默羅市資源回收方法 ~ Waste Disposal and Recycling in Carmel, Indiana
Waste Disposal and Recycling in Carmel, Indiana
Author: James Smyth
Editor: Chen Liang-yu
In America, waste disposal and recycling are the responsibility of the city government. Most cities let private companies handle this work.
In Carmel, Indiana, each neighborhood organizes its own waste disposal. The company that serves our neighborhood is Republic Waste Services of Indiana. It collects garbage every week and recycling materials every two weeks.
I think our definition of recyclable waste is the same as Taiwan’s, but we are not required to separate our garbage by type. That is the responsibility of the staff at the collection facility. The government constantly encourages citizens to recycle, but if they do not, there is no penalty. Citizens must deliver large household appliances and the like to a designated location themselves.
The fee for three months of garbage disposal is about $70. Three months of recycling costs $17. If you don’t pay your bill for a couple months, the company will stop collecting your garbage.
Companies give the citizens specialized cans. They are much bigger than normal trash bins; one of ours could fit two adults inside, and we have three. We need only place them in front of our home. The garbage truck can empty the contents itself.
Although the company stops in front of our home every week, I’ve never met any of its workers. They never have a reason to leave the truck and talk to us. If there is a problem, we call the company. We never have to set up meetings with staff; tasks are either solely our responsibility or solely theirs. The company sends us announcements in the mail.
Besides what is recycled, the companies send some trash to landfills to be compressed and buried. There aren’t any in Carmel, but there are 7 within a 20 mile radius. The rest of the garbage is incinerated. Landfills are bad for the earth, and incineration pollutes the air, but it seems like there is no better option.