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Mike Hagstrom, Fargo, Published June 01 2013

Letter: Recycling article is appreciated

Thanks to The Forum and writer Erik Burgess for “The Future of F-M Trash.” (April 22). Whatever direction taken by our leaders – landfills, incinerators or other technologies – recycling, as Clay County’s Kathy Maher observed, is a common-sense key to lengthening the life span of landfills and reducing the amount of trash incinerated.

As a teacher at Shanley High School, I know the difference recycling makes. Since 2008, our Shanley seniors have handled – literally with their hands – comprehensive campuswide recycling of newspapers, magazines, office paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum and other metal cans. No more do these items go to Fargo’s landfill. (The numerous institutional-size food service cans, in particular, no longer gobble up space there.)

We also partnered with the city and the Fargo Catholic Diocese to establish an adjacent neighborhood recycling drop-off location. For our students, these are practical exercises in our duty to promote stewardship and the common good.

I applaud the city of Fargo for making recycling such a priority both through regular curbside pickups and the many convenient, accessible neighborhood recycling drop-off locations. I also commend Minnkota Recycling and other local recyclers for their convenient access and customer-friendly hours.

Believe me, we are the envy of all my relatives in other locales, where they endure more limited, expensive and complex options for recycling.

“Fargo Recycles” is indeed a fitting slogan, and that makes it easier to be good stewards of our land and our resources.