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Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 29, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Garbage in parks

Missed opportunity to keep cans

Given that Seattle just concluded a new comprehensive contract with Waste Management to accept garbage, food/yard waste and recycling, why didn’t the city include the same set of services at city parks as part of the required services provided by the winning bidder? [“City to park users: Take out the trash,” page one, May 25]

Packing your waste out makes sense in a wilderness environment, but not in urban parks.

— Michael Jacobson, Seattle

Cash incentive is no-brainer recycling solution

Why is our supposedly “green” state (or city) still ignoring the easiest way to clean up bottles and cans — by simply slapping a nickel deposit on each container? [“From garbage to litter,” Opinion, editorial, May 27]

This system works very well in most states and provinces, changing sloppy behavior and creating something that the legions of unemployed homeless can do for a little income. Who is standing in the way?

— Ted Irwin, Seattle

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