Recycling plan a model that others should follow

Your recent article ("New waste management plan: Residents may have to pay fee," Dec. 6, Page 1A) fails to recognize several key facts concerning the benefits of the program and the forward-thinking approach to increasing recycling in Gwinnett.

In order to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills, we have to make recycling convenient for all citizens. Gwinnett has taken that step and has produced a model program to make it much more convenient and streamlined for its residents.

Gwinnett residents will have a cleaner and greener community. Gwinnett will have cleaner air. There will be less traffic and fewer trucks on the roads. Fewer trucks mean less pollution and less fuel consumption. Communities will be quieter and look neater.

Comprehensive recycling programs like Gwinnett's target all of the materials in the waste stream and significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Furthermore, Gwinnett has taken the right approach by providing convenient, simple access to recycling for consumers.

Georgia has a strong and growing infrastructure for recycling. The beverage industry's bottles and cans are already the most recycled packaging in Georgia. If we are truly committed to reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills and increasing the amount of recycling in Georgia, we need to continue expanding progressive recycling programs like Gwinnett's across the state.