After so proudly adopting a ‘Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan’ in 2014, the Santa Monica City Council has — inexplicably — chosen to close down the one and only recycling center in Santa Monica.
This is unacceptable. Our city is a beacon to our state, our country, and the world. We lead in lowering green house gasses, and creating innovative methods to honor and care for our environment. People flock here to enjoy our clean air, our sparkling seaside. We embody a respite from the pollution suffered inland and elsewhere.
I am personally an active recycler. Thousands of my neighbors, and I, have been using the Santa Monica recycling center for over 20 years now. Close it in this manner and we will be forced to drive needless miles to other facilities, spilling more gasses into the air as we drive.
Our era is defined by toxic policy at a Federal level. Every day, valuable services are either being cut or compromised, especially those that protect the environment and uphold public health and safety. How can Santa Monica justify making the same dystopian mistake?
That we do so defies logic. Who benefits? Whose pockets are being lined?
For anyone who feels passionate about Santa Monica’s environment, please attend the next City Council meeting, Tuesday June 11, at 5 p.m, 1685 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90401 and add voice to your concerns.