Protecting our environment and supporting our economy are synonymous and require action from all of us. The recent dispatch.com article, “Living plastic-free: Columbus area residents share stories about giving up single-use plastic,” highlights the many efforts already underway by committed and caring residents and businesses in our community.
In Franklin County, plastics account for approximately 17% of all the landfill material which is equivalent to burying 380M pounds of plastic every year. These items take hundreds of years to decompose and commonly, plastics like clamshell containers and grocery bags, harmfully wind up as roadside litter or in the recycling cart where they create environmental eye sores and operational issues at the recycling processing center.
But, by working together, we have the opportunity to reduce single use plastics and move closer to our collective goal of further reducing our reliance on the landfill. If successful, these efforts will make a huge difference for our environment, our economy and our community for many generations.
To help on your waste reduction journey, SWACO offers grants, expertise and public education programs to make it easier for you to increase your sustainability, including reducing waste and learning to recycle right.
Visit swaco.org to sign up for our webinars and learn more.
Hanna Greer-Brown, Communications Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
Northmoor Road part of Olentangy Bike Path dangerous, needs repairing
I have been using the Olentangy Bike Path for over 40 years and have enjoyed it very much. I would guess it has one of the highest traffic rates of any path in the state. However, it has a serious problem at Northmoor Road (Park). There are numerous deep potholes blocking the entrance/exit. It is very difficult to miss them, which can cause a fall or flat tire. It is very dangerous. This has been a problem for many years.
I contacted the city about this. They acknowledged my information and said they would check it out. That was about three weeks ago. I have heard nothing from them and no repair has been made.
Hopefully, this letter will spark action on the city’s part and make our beautiful path safer for all who travel it.
Robert Wead, Columbus
Removing remaining US troops from Afghanistan is the right move for Biden
The July 16 Dispatch article “Bush criticizes Afghanistan withdrawal” quotes former President George W. Bush that Afghan women and girls will “suffer unspeakable harm.” He says the withdrawal is a mistake and “the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad.”
I agree that the withdrawal will have bad consequences and that Afghan females will suffer at the hands of the Taliban. But we have spent 20 years, lost 2,312 US soldiers’ lives, and spent $825 billion dollars. In August of 2010, we had 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. If this sacrifice of blood, money, and effort on our part cannot create a modern, competent Afghan army in 2021, it seems they will never achieve this goal. President Biden is right to pull out the remaining US troops before we spend any more blood or money on this failed effort.
Philip Keogh, Howard