On Ocean-City.com it states, “while enjoying your visit in Ocean City, please remember that we are a town that cares. Please recycle…”. Therefore, what happened to the recycling program that once existed? Does the town not care anymore about the environment?
Last year I wrote an article, “Is recycling worth it?”, when Ocean City decided to stop recycling and sell its garbage to Pennsylvania for it to be used in a waste-to-energy plant that would save the city $1 million. Although a waste-to-energy plant is better than discarding our garbage into a landfill, many people did not support this change.
An article in the Daily Times states that Richard Malone, the owner of the recycling plant, received what he described “hate mail” for the first six months after deciding to shut the recycling plant down. Others took matters into their own hands, such as Seacrets, Ocean City’s very popular restaurant and bar. Once recycling was no longer available the restaurant decided to obtain their own recycling baler where they now crush their pre-sorted recyclables and have a private recycling company pick them up and pay them for the materials. Perhaps more restaurants and hotels can look into these programs if the city’s budget continues to keep it from going back to recycling. Additionally, Stephen Gross from Allentown, PA, created a petition in hopes that Ocean City Mayor Richard W. Meehan and Public Works Director, Hal Adkins, will restore the recycling program.
Although people have gotten used to the idea that you can no longer recycle at the beach, it is still not completely supported. Perhaps if we continue to show our concerns by signing Gross’ petition and reminding the city that discontinuing recycling has been a disappointment to many, then maybe Ocean City will work towards bringing it back as the economy improves.