Traditionally in this valley, this is the season when we start hearing complaints about the effects of open burning in the local media. With the horrors wrought by this winter's temperature inversions still fresh in our minds, the difference this year, judging from recent comments and notices in The Free Press, we're also hearing about some alternatives.
So, we're already off to a good start.
The most popular - and, to my mind, no-brainer - of alternatives is that of composting. And, indeed, many communities, rural and urban, have already devised strategies that make collecting compost material as commonplace as sending trash to landfills. Surely, the combined brains of City and County officials - or perhaps of a few enterprising common folks and nonprofits - could capitalize on this yet to be addressed opportunity, bringing this community closer to the model it attains to be.
Further, while energy-efficiency standards and innovations have lessened the particulate matter spewing from automotive and residential exhaust pipes, the NUMBERS of those pipes seem to be ever-rising. Once we solve the open-burning problem, we will still have the problem of the pipes with which to contend.
Fortunately, as we go about solving these problems, we also get to employ more people in the green commerce sector, which stands to make us not only a cleaner and greener community, but a more prosperous one as well.