Selectman John Rooney sent a murmur of disapproval through the crowded Town House Hearing Room earlier this week when he admitted he doesn’t always recycle.
In a discussion about the Swap Shop and related traffic issues, Rooney said when he hits the Transfer Station at 5:00 pm on a Saturday and the recycling area is packed with people, he opts to throw his recycling in the hopper along with his trash.
“I just don’t have the time (to wait),” he said.
While one resident at the meeting chastised Rooney for “not leading by example” (and several of you have followed suit in the comments on this post), another resident wondered after the meeting if Rooney’s behavior is in fact typical of many in town.
Rooney said if the town adopted a use-based model for the Transfer Station, such as pay-as-you-throw, he would have more incentive to recycle, and he suspects he’s not alone.
So the question today is: Is Rooney’s behavior the norm in Southborough? Are you religious about your recycling or do you let yourself slack off when it’s inconvenient? Would financial incentives encourage you to recycle more? What about logistical improvements like a better recycling system at your house or better flow at the Transfer Station? (Or perhaps peanut butter containers that clean themselves?)
Take the poll below (remember, it’s anonymous so be honest!) and then share your thoughts in the comments. (Note: If you’re reading this via the My Southborough Daily email, you’ll need to visit the blog to vote or view results.)