Done your homework?

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Erin Kline
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Date Published: 09/07/2008

Education does not end with graduation. Get educated about the issues concerning Frederick County’s waste problems and use your voice. This in not an issue that we can solve with a Band-Aid and have future generations deal with later. This is an issue that must be done the right way — with the future, not just today, in mind. Sure, it is expensive to truck our trash to Virginia every day. Sure, recycling doesn’t pay for itself today. But how much does it cost to build and maintain an incinerator, and how is it going to be paid for? How many trucks of trash would be coming into Frederick County from elsewhere to feed the incinerator? Waste-to-energy makes it sound like a win-win, but how much energy would it create for the residents of Frederick County, and aren’t there better, cleaner ways to create that energy? We are poised at a “tipping point” for green businesses and new technologies. Could these growing businesses and technologies be better for Frederick County? If you don’t have answers to these questions then I would say you have some homework to do.