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Hold the Bag, Please

October 09, 1988

Among other things, your paper has been reporting on the deterioration of the American environment. Landfills are closing, underground waste sites are leaking, etc.

I would like to take this opportunity to present the Los Angeles Times with the Waste Turkey of the Year award, also known as the why-don't-you-shut-up-or-put-up award.

For the last month, come rain or shine--which in this area is mostly shine--my copy of your paper has been arriving in a plastic bag. Perhaps you don't know that most plastics are not biodegradable. In fact, those that are, are rarely disposed of in a manner that allows them to oxidize.

If you were to compress one of those bags into a cube one-half inch on a side (try it!), one day's circulation represents about 30 cubic yards of plastic trash. That means that in 50 days you could wipe out the 1,500 cubic yards of landfill space that we in the Encinitas area have managed to save through recycling in the last six months!

Wake up! This is the 20th Century. We have a garbage problem and your paper is making it worse.

ULF HJELM

Leucadia

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