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Why households need curbside composting
Steve Watson (Opinion Exchange, Feb. 4) is so right about the benefits of back-yard composting for households. When I had a larger yard and a vegetable garden at my previous Minneapolis home, I had a back-yard compost bin almost identical to the one Watson markets. The reality, though, is that the majority of us city dwellers don’t have the space (especially in apartments and condos) and enthusiasm to compost that way. Too much work is required to attract wide participation. A perfect analogy is the popularity of single-sort recycling vs. the previous presort method.
In addition, community mass composting also accepts many materials that don’t break down well in back-yard bins, including nonrecyclable paper products like towels and facial tissue, pizza boxes, milk cartons, egg cartons, and even nonsynthetic clothing.
Minneapolitans should have options of either or both compost methods, but back-yard composting can never work for all of us.
DAVID C. SMITH, Minneapolis
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Back-yard composting is a marvelous idea … between May and December. It can be as hard as our frozen Earth at this time of year, however.
There is a giant garbage can, filled to the brim with organic waste, in our garage, and it will be joined by another before the spring thaw.
Aren’t there some hungry hogs around who could put this to good use?
Yes, come spring, we will mix our organics into the back-yard compost, but face it: That is a choice that many producers of organic waste do not have. Curbside pickup of our organic wastes could be a very welcome addition to our recycling program.
CAROLE RYDBERG, Plymouth
Lots of talk, but who’s actually stepping up?
As a junior in high school, I was very excited to attend my first precinct caucus Tuesday night. Even though I was not old enough to participate, I was excited to learn more about new resolutions being brought forth by my party.
As I left the caucus, however, I felt disappointed by my experience. While I agreed with many of the resolutions and discussions that were going on, I felt disappointed with the lack of enthusiasm from my fellow citizens. Many of them spent time complaining about several important issues, but when it was time to vote for delegates, it was like pulling teeth to get anybody to volunteer.
As American citizens, we should be eager to participate in our democracy, not avoiding our responsibilities. After all, how can somebody expect change if he or she is not willing to take charge?
ABBY MARTENS, Eden Prairie
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