Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reduce, Runoff, Recycle

One of the by-products of the election season is an abundance of political advertising activity. For those who are in the sign-making business, as well as for local media, this a good time of the year for the bottom line. In regards to the number of signs that proliferate our landscape, many of them have been taken down as prescribed by law. There is still, however, a runoff election to be held and that is why we still see quite an array of political signs of all sizes.

This got me to thinking (yet again) about the possibility of recycling as many of these signs as possible once the elections are completely over. I believe most signs nowadays are made of corrugated plastic, or coroplast. It's made to withstand the elements and to be durable. This is even more reason to have them not simply discarded at our landfill. Instead, the city should make arrangements/agreements with the candidates and maybe work out a mutually beneficial deal to remove and recycle this substantial amount of plastics. I don't think it's beyond the realm of practicality. It just takes creative thinking and proper communication. Dare I say that we should have enough of these two commodities in our local government? I say we should.

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