We all know the problem of our own trash, look at New Jersey and other communities that have to bear the burden of dealing with toxic dumps in their backyards. Here is my idea to get more people the recycle. Tax incentives would be given out to those that recycle. For the first year the taxpayer would receive a 5% rebate for recycling the whole year.For each year after the first year the incentive would increase by 1.55% for each year of continued recycling or a 12.75% rebate after the six year of exemplary recycling has been met. What is met by exemplary? Exemplary can be defined as having separated each recycled item into the correct container to be picked up. If an item is not in the correct container then the rebate will fall back to 5% for two months at which time the current level of the rebate would be reinstated. You are probably wondering how it would be built, this is fairly easy enough to achieve. First a government branch in the military would be formed via the base sanitary commission that would be responsible for ensuring all recyclables were disposed of properly. These individuals would go through the initial training phase that is required for all the branches and after serving a two year tour either stateside of overseas would have the choice the of re-enlisting or being discharged into the USRS (Unites States Recycling Service)where they would preform the same collection and administration duties as was preformed in the military. These members would also be required to continue to remain on a reserve status for six years where their reserve status would be of the same type as the regular reserve. This unit would be responsible for the collection, separation of and transportation of any number of items as set forth as being deemed as a recyclable. This unit would also be able to hire non-government employees to fill in the roles vacant by the government employee through a temporary to hire basis. One way to become a permanent employee would be to enlist in any of the four main branches of the military, Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force for two years plus training time plus six years of reserve duty. Another way for a civilian to become employed on a permanent basis is to be furthering their education in ecological resource management, sanitary management or any classification of higher education relating to environmental sciences. If hired as a civilian contractor, the employee would be required to be employed with a temporary agency for no less then six months with the USRS or until above satisfactory qualifications have been met. Civilians not meeting the above criteria could become permanently employed with the USRS through one year of above satisfactory employment as a driver or thrower through which the employee would be required to have obtained a CDL prior to being employed with the USRS. The civilian non-educated employee could then enroll in various classes as taught by the military instructors with assistance from their civilian educatee's. This type of continuing education will provide the non-educated civilian with a associates degree in resource management that would be learned over a two year period.
The collection of the recycled items would be delegated to paper/cardboard, metals, plastic and foam products all of which would be separated into the appropriate container or bag. Identification of each Rebate customer would be achieved by using a bar code scanner system at the point of contact ( weather resistant bar code affixed to the mail box post) as well as papered bar codes. Each time a stop is made the driver scans their sheet for the customer's bar code to record the pickup. The bar code on the mailbox post is a secondary means of recording if for some reason a bar code should not be present for the customer in papered form. If the customer does not have any items to be recycled on the given day of pickup then a penalty of 1.00% reduction in the rebate will occur. If the customer does not recycle for two weeks in a row, then the rebate will be revoked until items to be recycled are then placed at the point of contact where the initial rebate of 5% will be reinstated.