Don't do as we do. Do as we say.
An untold volume of tonnage of recyclable products is no longer being reused, reduced or recycled, but is headed to the county's landfill.
Surprisingly, the salvageable waste is coming from the Merced County Administration Building.
Sustainability seems hard to sustain.
The county decided to cease a recycling program in its main government building this year because it cost too much.
The county's new waste plan came to light last Tuesday when Matt Hirota, a local resident, asked the Board of Supervisors during the board's public meeting why the program had been disbanded.
The program was dropped several months ago, along with several other cuts to the solid waste department, said county spokeswoman Martha Hermosillo on Monday.
The county's solid waste department had to close almost a $4 million shortfall this fiscal year. Eight jobs were cut, and the dropoff hours at the landfills were shortened by several hours a week. Recycling was discontinued in county buildings because that was the main job of one of the laid-off workers, said Lori Flanders, spokeswoman for the Merced County Association of Governments.
The Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority Board, which is part of MCAG, approves the county's solid waste department budget, Flanders explained.
A representative or director from the county couldn't confirm the annual savings attributed to ending the plan, or the tonnage of recyclables now headed to the landfill Monday.
The county has estimated that its two landfills have the capacity to take in trash until at least 2050.
Reporter Danielle E. Gaines can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or email@example.com.