January 11, 2007

Moline heading into the 21st century

Though long overdue, the City of Moline is actually poised to decide whether to offer residents curb-side recycling. As part of a study involving Rock Island, Milan, and East Moline, it appears that the service is feasible and may very well be in the offing.

Why it's taken this long is a puzzle, but this seems to be a signal that the dark-ages of the Leach era are finally over, and it's a welcome sign.

Finally, things really seem to be happening for the town with money being devoted to long neglected areas instead of handed out to every developer with a hand out.

There have been many positive signs and indications of a new attitude and new direction since Leach left office. Let's hope it continues.


At 1/12/2007 3:06 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I can't remember what year Davenport started curbside recycling, but it was earlier than 1995. I remember using the recycling tub to store folded newspapers prior to go out for my Leader route, and that was during junior high I think.

So welcome to the 90's, Illinois.

At 1/12/2007 8:57 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Hey, at least in Illinois we can only put one tash bin out, and no matter what the rest of the trash is going to stay in our back yard... oh wait.

At 1/13/2007 8:07 AM, Blogger Benton Harbor said...

Dope, I can't really see where lack of recycling in Moline was Stan Leach's fault. But whatever the reason for lack of vision on the part of Moline, it's time to do it.

Yes, Moline has two good recycling centers. But that takes effort, and I think you'll agree that people around these parts have to have things made easy for them to buy into something.

Curbside does exactly that. I have a condo out west and that city has curbside. It's great, it works well, and everyone does it. And whether our not one is an "environmentalist," you still get a damned good feeling about doing it.

The point is, Palm Desert made it easy for everyone to recycle and everyone takes part in it. I hope it comes to Moline sooner rather than later.

At 1/13/2007 9:37 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

BH, your comment makes me think that a better solution to recycling would be to have the city buy us all condos in Palm Dessert.

I think that's a plan the public would heartily endorse, don't you? Of course there'd be some cost issues... but what the heck?

Maybe some creative developer in Palm Desert would sell the idea that the city should give condos away because of all the future tax revenue that would be forthcoming? It works around here, why not?

At 1/13/2007 10:53 AM, Anonymous yinn said...

DeKalb County has had curbside recycling since around 1990. Our goal was 25% compliance & we have over 50%.

But guess what? Waste Management says our landfill is now "underperforming" & that we must take in trash trucked in from other counties in order for them to continue service. As it is, the landfill is expected to reach capacity by 2015.

I just want to smack somebody.

At 1/13/2007 11:29 AM, Blogger Benton Harbor said...

You mention taxes in Palm Desert, Dope. Don't get me started. My taxes here in Rock Island County are over $4000/year. Out there, for a relatively comparable square footage (and in a gated community with golf course, 16 swimming pools, tennis courts, clubhouse/restaurant, and gym) the taxes are $1900. And we get curbside recycling. Something's amiss!!

At 1/14/2007 12:54 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It would certainly appear so.

We should have gold-plated municiple services here for the taxes we pay. They're slowly improving, but there were most definitely some horrible mismanagement during the last decades.

Of course, some of it may be due to Moline simply being a part of Illinois, but still....


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