More Sweat in Peacetime = Less Bleeding in Wartime
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
December 2, 2004

Truer words were never uttered by man!  Many years ago, I heard my old Marine legislative colleague Frank Tejeda say "The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in wartime."  I will never forget these wise words that apply to life in general.

Perhaps waste burial is not really related to warfare, yet embattled the Southside has been when it comes to landfills.  The need of this community and a number of surrounding counties has made it convenient or "necessary"  to haul their respective waste to one of the two South Side landfills: Covel Gardens (Southwest Bexar County) or Tessman Road (East Bexar County) and eventually if we cannot rein in our old habits of landfilling into eternity, a third permitted but unopened Rosillo Creek (Southeast Bexar County).  There may not be any bloodshed, but there has been a great deal of anxiety and hurt in the process of the landfillers securing land held in families' names for a very long time.

When then State Representatives Lou Nelle Sutton, Frank Tejeda, Frank Madla and myself stood in opposition to the newly proposed Tessman Road Landfill, we had no idea that recycling would become such a positive, potential remedy to landfilling most all of our waste.  Nearly twenty-five years later I have found this alternative approach to a very bitter pill of landfilling given to the South, East and West sides of Bexar County.  Hopefully before another landfill has to open, the rate of growth of our landfills will be lessened by a citizenry dedicated to eliminating the demand for landfilling.  Bottom line: we cannot fight what we are feeding!  We decide this in our daily habits.

So this year the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) and I are teaming up with Bexar County, the City of Leon Valley, the City of San Antonio and Keep San Antonio Beautiful to sponsor the Fourth Annual South Texas Resource Recovery Roundtable Conference.  It will be held on Friday, December 10, 2004 at the City of Leon Valley Conference Center, 6417 Evers Road (681-2009).  Registration is from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.  The Conference ends with the Luncheon Speaker wrapping-up at 1:15 p.m.  Nominal admission fee is $5.00 and it includes the lunch! 

Purpose of the Roundtable it to:

  1. Highlight resource recovery as an everyday occurrence
  2. Review issues in resource recovery including materials, costs and revenues
  3. Encourage innovation and changes which further promote earth friendly resource recovery.

Topics will include:

  1. Recycling of Plastic Shopping Bags;
  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collections;
  3. Tire Programs and Costs (We often pay $2 per tire and disposal is up to the discretion of the tire store);
  4. Recycling Bottles and Cans using Container Deposits (like those we had before around 1970)
  5. A Method used in Novia Scotia for Collecting Containers (using deposits to finance retrieval and recycling of containers now found strewn all over our landscapes.)

Speaking at and attending this worthy event will be some of the State's foremost leaders in reducing, reusing and recycling our limited natural resources.  Perhaps by "sweating" in this time of relative peace we can avoid the reality of "bleeding" when the currently active landfills of Bexar County run out of capacity.  Please join us!

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