Backs PAYT

To the Editor:

There is an old Native American saying: “We don’t inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

On April 19, the Bar Harbor Town Council will be asked to decide on a test run of “Pay as You Throw” (PAYT), a departure from the way trash is currently being handled. At the outset, there will be a natural hesitation to change a system we are all used to. However, there are valid reasons on both sides of this argument and we of the Zero Waste committee of A Climate to Thrive ask you to take a moment – hopefully, with an open mind – to self-educate and honestly assess the merits of this plan.

In Darwinian evolution terms, species go extinct when they are unable to adapt to changes in their environment. We are living in a rapidly changing world, and it is paramount that we innovate and adapt to those changes to better serve our community. The Zero Waste committee of A Climate to Thrive is largely in favor of PAYT, but we honor and value the opinions of our fellow community members and simply ask for your involvement and engagement with this important issue no matter what your ultimate choice may be.

We hope the residents of Bar Harbor will meet the changing world with a spirit of moving forward with creative solutions rather than staying in a “comfort zone” that will eventually take us to a place of obsolescence.

To use computer lingo, we’ve been using a 1.0 trash operating system, and perhaps it’s time we upgraded to trash 2.0. When we eventually turn our world over to our children, let’s decide that it will be a world made better by foresight, the courage to change and the desire for that better world we know in our hearts is possible.

Michael Anderson

Bar Harbor

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