Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bin there, done that

I have blogged about this before, but now it's official. Howard County residents are going to receive $3 million worth of recycling bins from the county government.

These bins are not free, of course, because our tax dollars have paid for them. Ken Ulman, desperate to promote his image as being the "green lantern", made the decision that Howard County residents are unable to purchase their own recycling bins without his assistance.

According to the Sun article, when one test neighborhood in Elkridge received the bins last year recycling was reported to have increased 25%, although no mention has been made as to how long that increase sustained itself once the novelty of the fancy new recycling bins wore off. My guess is that we will never know, because Ulman has his misleading statistic that allows his supporters to make the hasty determination that Ulman is saving the planet.

It is easy to spend someone else's money.