Citizen Inkey

A few nights ago a young activist from the Texas Campaign for the Environment knocked on our door asking for support in their efforts to eliminate electronic waste from landfills. He explained how electronic gadgets contain mercury, lead, and other nasty, toxic chemicals that leach into the ground water when left in landfills. His organization is working at the county level to pass resolutions encouraging electronics producers to practice “takeback recycling.” He asked for money (of course, and we gave) and for letters from us to a county judge and four county commissioners.

Here is the letter I wrote to my county officials:

B. Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge
Roy C. Brooks, Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 1
Martin VanRavenswaay, Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 2
Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 3
J.D. Johnson, Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 4

Dear County Official:

I am not in the habit of writing to county commissioners, but I care about the water I drink and the world around me, so here I am.

Please support a countywide resolution calling for state and national producer takeback recycling of toxic electronic waste. Everybody has electronic gadgets these days, and something needs to be done to keep “dead” gadgets out of our landfills. Large producers of electronic waste can’t dump in our landfills – why should we be able to? Electronic devices contain chemicals like lead and mercury that have no place in our landfills, where they leak in to the water supply, or in incinerators, where they become airborne pollutants. The companies that make these devices can reclaim materials from “dead” gadgets for use in new goods, keeping us safe from toxic chemicals in our water and soil and air.

Currently Texans spend millions of dollars cleaning up toxins from electronic waste. Our tax dollars should be spent on local needs, not helping electronics producers avoid developing easily recyclable products. Asian and European countries and Maine and Washington here in the U.S. already require producers to deal with their waste to great effect. Let’s join them in leading the way on this issue.

I am anxious to hear your thoughts on takeback recycling and whether or not you will support a countywide resolution supporting it. Please respond to me in writing at 0000 Some Street, Fort Worth, TX 00000.

Kindest regards,

Inkey & The Husband

And so my political deed for the day was done. Let’s hope the county officials do their part, too.

One Response to “Citizen Inkey”

  1. Nyla says:

    I would like you to know that the people at TCE are a bunch of con artists. Even though the campaign claims to do good work they train their employees to con people out of money and I will have you know half of your contribution went straight into that canvassers pocket and only about 10% of what you gave actually went towards any king of legislation and progress. In 2007 dell hired a lobbyist to pass the computer recycling bill and TCE had little to nothing to do with the law being passed. Their tactics are terrible and they prey on those who want to do something good but in the end they are glorified paper pushers. If they come around again dont give money jusr write the letter.

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