When I?went to a county recycling site this past Sunday afternoon I saw something that got my blood boiling.

There, scattered across the ground, were more than a dozen boxes of all shapes and sizes. 


For the past several years, the Krause clan has gotten into the habit of recycling a lot of material from plastic bottles to steel cans, and we have certainly benefitted from the easy access to the drop-off site in Underwood Township. As the chief of recycling drop-offs for the family, I?am the one who loads up the material and takes it to the site. We do our best to get it ready by rinsing items out and making sure they are sorted correctly. I know we are not perfect, and once in a while I?see a pop or water bottle fall into the recycling bins with a cap still on it or a steel can that has some of the outer paper label still attached. Yet, I?am confident for the most part what we bring is up to Brian Sams standards. I?am not looking for a pat on the back, but want to encourage those of you who utilize those drop-off sites to appreciate  and not to abuse them. Unfortunately, there is a reason why I?offer that request, because when I?went to the site this past Sunday afternoon I saw something that got my blood boiling. There, scattered across the ground, were more than a dozen boxes of all shapes and sizes.  On a windy day I?knew there would not be much left of them if they were not picked up. I?did notice the cardboard box container was full to capacity. So I recognized whomever had dropped off the boxes saw the container was full, and rather than take them home or to another site they just dumped them. After unloading all of the Krause recycling material, I got to work collapsing the boxes and getting them to fit where they could and noticed myriad other boxes in the container that had not been collapsed and had they been there would have been ample room for the others. I also found sitting right in front of the cardboard container an entire box full of beer cans. The aluminum can container was nowhere near full. As I started going through those boxes, I also noticed a few of them actually had address labels on them. So, not only did I?know someone had dumped the boxes I actually knew who that someone was. (Word to the wise. If you live in Underwood Town-ship remember within the township borders is a newspaper editor who in the future just might find it necessary to publish that kind of information.) After finishing that task and driving away I?turned my head and noticed a bunch of other boxes in the ditch that had already blown away from the site. As I had another commitment I was not able to get those boxes cleaned up, which means those of you responsible can still do the right thing and clean up your mess. I have not been to the other drop-off sites in the county, and I?am hoping they are not in the same sort of state. Granted, I?know it is frustrating to get to the drop-off site only to see the containers are full, and there may be that moment of temptation to just leave it there on the ground, I?am hoping in the future you won’t do it at any site. I?would not consider myself an environmentalist or a tree hugger, but I do realize the value of recycling and the convenience of being able to recycle material so close to home. Let’s make sure we keep that privilege available by doing the right thing. … I was saddened this past Friday when I arrived at work and heard the news I?knew was going to be coming eventually. Through an e-mail I read David Geis had died. I want to extend my sympathies to David’s family and know the Krause family is thinking about and praying for you in your time of sorrow. David was more than just a good man, and even though he was only on this earth for 45 years he made an impact others twice that age have not.