RIO RANCHO, N.M. — After releasing the article on the city’s decision to raise recycling rates 18 cents per month and only offer the service every other week, the Observer has heard its share of negativity on the subject.
Many of our poll responses wavered on the issue, with some saying the increase was too much and others saying it takes three weeks to fill the can anyway. Whichever camp you belong to, it’s important to consider what could have been in light of the 18 cent increase.
There was talk between the city and Waste Management trash pickup service at one point of raising the fee 68 cents to keep every-week recycling service. However, it is important to look at a few factors.
First, we are a bedroom community, which means when services that we depend on become more expensive, we as taxpayers have to take it on the chin and pay it.
Second, Rio Rancho is not experiencing this type of thing in a vacuum. The entire country is experiencing an increase in recycling fees for services and some areas just can’t afford to continue the program at all.
The culprit of this hike is not a processing facility down the hill; it lies within the domino effect of China refusing our recycling goods because they say there was too much trash found inside the shipments.