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Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 | Rob Davisstory outing apartment and hotel managers who do not put out recycling bins had the tone of self-righteous college journalism and sounded especially shrill when other newspapers, such as The New York Times (you know, the one that said nice things about you), are running stories with headlines such as “Back at Junk Value, Recyclables Are Piling Up.”

Maybe you should report on where San Diego is going to stack its unwanted debris so dutifully sorted into colorful bins on trash day. How much is the cash-strapped city going to have to pay to get someone to take old newspapers or plastic for which there is no market? And, if they do find someone to take, where do they put it, in another city’s landfill?

It could be suggested, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, that maybe those heathen apartment owners are actually doing the city a favor reducing the pile of unwanted debris, but as your buds at the Times note, “Environmentally conscious consumers have been able to pat themselves on the back and feel good about sorting their recycling and putting it on the curb. But most recycling programs have been driven as much by raw economics as by activism.”

It would be interesting to see what is happening to that area of San Diego city government’s economics: it certainly has more impact on residents’ lives than your gleeful outing of scofflaws.

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