While vacationing last week at the Outer Banks, one thing in particular struck me as being quite odd. (No, it wasn’t that I was the only person driving a car with a North Carolina license plate).
Here I was in the home county of Mr. Clean Environment himself, Senate President Pro-Tempore Marc Basnight (D-Dare), the same legislator who pushed through the ban on construction of new landfills, and there wasn’t a recycle bin in site. Not on the beaches, not at curbside pickup of all those rental houses and condos. Nowhere.
One can easily make the assumption that vacationers generate more aluminum cans and plastic bottles than the average household. But there is no mandatory recycling program.
What kind of example is Senator Basnight setting for the rest of us when he doesn’t even exert his mighty power to persuade his home county to "go green"? Can he be taken as credible on any environmental proposal? Where is the Sierra Club and the rest of the gang? Why aren’t they marching down NC 12 from Corrola to Hatteras demanding action?
And what kind of impression does this lack of recycling leave on those coming from out of state to vacation at our beaches? If we don’t even bother to recycle here, no wonder they get the idea they can send all their "Yankee Trash" (Tony Rand’s words, not mine) down here. Apparently we have so much space in our landfill we can just bury all the glass and plastic with everything else.