Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 11, 1970 · Page 8
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 8

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 11, 1970
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Houston's Problem Typical of Hundreds of Communities' Growing Garbage Crisis May Be Worse Than Air, Water Pollution HOUSTON, T«t. (AP) Perched on a hill overlooking Houston's Soutteide, a $5-million garbage incinerator sits idle, fires dead—a symbol of America's lagging battle to remove her trash. Hailed at its opening in 1967 as a cure for Houston's solid waste crisis, the incinerator was to consume 800 tons of refuse daily—a large part of the city's garbage. But just five month* after opening, it shut down for repairs to air pollution control equipment. The incinerator has operated intermittently since, closing again last June for $250,000 in repairs that wont be completed until next year. The incinerator troubles, recent shutdown of a privately owned garbage processing facility and demonstrations last summer by residents who didn't want sanitary landfills operated near their homes have given Houston's city faUiers a massive garbage headache. But th« city's solid waste problems aren't unique. In fact they arc typical of problems plaguing hundreds of municipalities, large and small, around the country. Houston's problems reflect a growing garbage crisis facing America, a crisis that 1ms its roots in the lifestyle of an affluent society that seemingly knows no bounds to technological growtih, and consequently, rubbish. Ecologists warn that growing mounds of refuse have the r-ri - tential for greater harm to the environment than air and watei pollution. Statistics complied by the President's Council on Enviro- mentel Quality and the Bureau of Solid Waste Management in (BSWM) in the Department of Healflh, Education and Welfare paint a grim picture. They show that in 1969: —The country's residential, commercial and institutional refuse totaled 250 million tons. Of this, 190 million tons were collected and disposed of in some manner. But 60 million tons remained uncollected, blighting tihe nation's highways, streets and recreational areas and presenting serious health hazards in countless open dumps. —American manufacturers produced 110 million tons of solid waste, disposing of much of it themselves. But some of the disposal methods have been targets of criticism. —The mineral industry generated 1.7 billion tons of refuge from mining, milling and mi»- eral processing disposing of most of it in slag heaps, tailings piles or dumping it onto waterways. —Agriculture generated 2.2 billion tons of animal and slaughterhouse waste, crop residues, vineyard and orchard trimmings and greenhouse wastes. —Most of the 43 billion metal and glass beverage containers manufactured were discarded after use. —Of an estimated 7 million automobiles retired, more than 1 million were simply abandoned beside country roads, in city streets or on vacant lots. The President's council told Congress: "Solid waste etches a trail of visible blight that leaves few corners of the country unspotted. America's well-known penchant for convenience has come face to face with major environmental problems." Population growth, per capita increases in garbage and changeless refuse collation and disposal methods are the villains. In 1920, the garbageman hauled away 2.75 pounds of refuse a day for each urban dweller. Now he collects five pounds a day and can expect eighl pounds by 1980. Use of disposable containers has put more paper, plastics, glass and metals into refuse, the President's council said, but collection and disposal methodu haven't kept pace with the change. At the turn of the century, workers dumped refuse from street containers into horse- drawn carts. Today, in most operations, the only change is replacement of the horse with a truck. Workmen still lift and dump trash cans. And refuse collectors are among society's least esteemed workers. Usually the lowest. paid on a municipal work force, they are plagued with high accident, sickness, absenteeism and turnover rates. From New York to Atlanta to Memphis to Albuquerque, refuse collectors' strikes became city administrators' nightmares. Disposal problems are just as acute. The BSWM estimates 94 per cent of all land disposal methods are unsatisfactory in terms of health, efficiency or protection of natural resources. And, the bureau estimates, 75 per cent of all municipal incinerators either add to air pollution or don't reduce refuse volume sufficiently. In a BSWM-sponsored study, a National Academies of Sci- 4-H Club News Activities of Carroll Am Beys, Girls Clubs The Arcadia Energetic 4-H club held their meeting on Nov. 2 in St. Jolhn's School hall. Hosts were Craig S c h r a d and Dale Dentlinger. They had one new member, Bandy Berg. At the meeting *he group decided to obtain a new American flag for *he school faaH. They began planning their program for 1971. Talks were given by Neil Dentlinger on Grain Storage and Lon Schroeder on What I do to help around the farm. Roll call was answered by "What I am thankful for." James Tomka said fche 4-H pledge. Douglas Ricke led the group in recreation. The Nov. 4 meeting of the 4-H Pipeline Case Sent Back for a Retrial DES MOINES (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has sent back for a new trial a case involving a group of farmers and plans by Mapco Inc. to build an anhydrous ammonia pipeline. The court ruled Tuesday that a Sac County District Judge shouldn't have told a jury awarding damages to landowners for the easement sought by the firm to assume that the firm could build multiple pipelines. The farmers contended the firm's application was unclear in wording and could allow it to build any number of pipelines for any purpose. But the Supreme Court said the judge, Robert K. Brannon, should have allowed Mapco "to limit its right of condemnation to the installation of a single sly-inch pipeline." Cadets was held after school at the Jaycees room. A routine meeting was held, with "A funny experience" as roll call. The club plans a trip to Des Moines on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Boy Scout bus will be used, with cars, with departure time at 8:00 a.m. The club will have a bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Uniongas store ait 9:00. Each girl or family is asked to bring two items by 8:30 a.m. The December Christmas party was discussed. A grab-bag gift exchange will be held separately for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors. Joni Siepker reported on the Plaza party. Those attending were Janet Genzen, Kala Huldeen, Susan Grimm, Julie Kasperbauer, Barb Kalkhoff, Joni Siepker, Lorraine L u t w H z e, Lois Hagedorn, Becky Rowedder and Jane Nelson. A potluck for girls and their parents was planned for Sunday, Nov. 22. Lunch was served by Joni and Renee Siepker and Margaret Snyder. Joni Hinze, music chairman, led the girls in several songs. VETS DINNER Maurice Dunn American Legion Post and Auxiliary No. 7 will hold their annual Veterans Day dinner at the Legion hall in Carroll Wednesday night, Nov. 11, starting at 6:30. State Rep. Charles E. Knoblauch will be the speaker and Kuemper students will entertain. The event is open to Legion and Auxiliary members, their wives and husbands. Those attending are to take a covered dish and table service; meat and buns will be furnished. ence and Engineering committee concluded: "Historically, solid waste management has been characterized by minimum attention, minimum funding and mimim- um application of te tfinology. "Much of the problem of solid waste management derives from the continued reluctance of those concerned to come to grips with it and apply existing technology, systems and organizational know j how to its solution —and above all, to pay for these services." The problem, says Houston Mayor Louie Welch is people. "The attitude of the public in general about garbage is out of sight, out of mind," he said. "The average householder thinks his problem is solved when his garbage can is empty." The most unfortunate aspect of the solid waste problem, agree scientists, economists and engineers, is the waste of natural resources that garbage disposal, by whatever method, represents. Reuseable materials must be retrieved, they warn, if the country is to avoid eventually riming out of several resources already in short supply. "... solid waste material represents a national resource and will in time be a major one." said the National Academies of Science and Engineering study. "Return of fractions of solid wastes to economical reuse must in the long run become common practice and must be a national objective." The U.S. Bureau of Mines estimates that if all the nation's refuse were incinerated, the metal and glass in the ashes would be worth at least $650 million a year. Reycling raw refuse would yield considerably more. Some recycling is under way. American Paper Institute officials estimate that the 11 mil- 8 Timet Herald, Carroll, la. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1970 lion tons of paper recycled last year saved 200 million trees. But the reused paper represented only 20 per cent of the nation's paper consumption. Almost 35 per cent «f the world's aluminum, which has a high value and is easily reclaimed, is now recycled, industry officials say. The Reynolds Metals Co., a major manufacturer of aluminum beer and soft drink cans, has opened several redemption centers that pay 10 cents a pound for aluminum cans. But although the Los Angeles, Calif., center is averaging 1.5 million cans a month, it is collecting only two per cent of all the aluminum cans sold in the area. Officials say they doubt the return will ever exceed 10 per cent. Discarded glass containers hold great promise. "We have concluded that there are more potential uses for waste container glass than there is glass available from refuse now or in the predictable future," Richard Cheney, a Glass Manufacturers Institute official, said. Experts say emphasis must be placed on efficient collection and disposal methods that creatively recycle reusable refuse and efficiently dispose of that which has no further value. President Nixon told Congress in August: "We can no longer afford fche indiscriminate waste of our natural resources; neither should we accept as inevitable the mounting costs of waste removal. "We must move increasingly toward closed systems that recycle what now are considered wastes back into useful and productive purposes." SBRNBTT Open Tonight (Wednesday) Till 9 pm. SAVINGS 9:00 o.m. ot 9:00 p.m. WED. and! FRI, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Man., Tuei. and Thun. 9:00 a.m. ot 5:00 p.m. Sat. 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