The greater of glass evils

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On Monday, I showed up at one of Nelson County’s recycling centers hoping to get rid of a back porch’s worth of cardboard, metal and plastic. No dice. As of a few weeks ago, I learned, the center is closed on Mondays.

This, of course, is something that Albemarle and Charlottesville folks have been dealing with for a while, since the McIntire Center is also closed not only on Mondays, but Tuesdays too. It may sound pathetic, but I’d been looking forward to the outing. More to the point, having fewer days when people can recycle is bound to result in less recycling.

A more serious problem for us Nelsonians, though, is the fact that our collection centers do not take glass on any day of the week. Those of us who like drinking beer from bottles quickly find ourselves with a problem on our hands. (Of course, there’s also olive oil, mayonnaise, etc.) And, inevitably, we start eyeing up that nice big glass receptacle at McIntire.

Shall they return to whence they came?

I admit, I’ve dropped off glass at McIntire even though I’m not an Albemarle resident. To me, it’s a much lesser evil than throwing it in the garbage. But I’d like to hear from those of you who actually pay taxes in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Do you resent the incursion by non-residents? Or do you welcome us as refugees who are attempting to serve a greater good?

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