“Ocala Recycles”, the city of Ocala’s best attempt at making the community more environmentally conscious. The city wide campaign includes the delivery of new recycling bins to most homes in the area, as well as a brand new batch of heavy duty recycling receptacles for apartment residents.
This is all good news, considering the nauseating amount of litter strewn about the city at any one time, (which this campaign won’t actually benefit) and the presumed mismanagement of recyclables that go on here in Ocala. However, not everyone is as delighted by this news as I. To the contrary in fact, as some Ocala residents have expressed less than favorable opinions toward the recycling campaign, some claiming they would simply use the new recycling receptacles when their waste receptacle(s) were filled to capacity, while some were simply disinterested in recycling all together. Others expressed disappointment in the perceived lack of direction the city gave inhabitants; causing some to unintentionally dump their recyclables into larger waste receptacles, or to be left unaware of the date which recyclables would be collected upon.
Though this new campaign leaves this writer with more questions. Theoretically this new campaign will cause a massive influx of recyclable materials, due in part to the accessibility given to those in the community who normally wouldn’t recycle if they had to go out of their way in order to travel to a recycling center.
Given this information, such a campaign would also in theory necessitate more work in sorting through said recyclables, creating more jobs for those in the Ocala area.
However, I am also left wondering how this will effect those who ‘scrap’ (the recycling of large amounts of scrap metals for economic gain) for a day-to-day living.
So, is this Ocala’s way of becoming more environmentally friendly, or is this a more sinister attempt by the city to lay claim to all of the profitable recyclable materials they can?