Portage's new recycling system has been mismanaged from the beginning. That is why it keeps changing.
A dumpster was not in place the day it started. We were told to use biodegradable bags, and now we can't use them. The recycling dumpsters behind Willow Creek School were always full, so people placed recycling on the ground.
Instead of making sure the dumpsters were emptied, the city put up a sign stating do not put recycling on the ground. The city states it wants to reduce injuries to workers, but has no problem with seniors lugging bags to the street department dumpster.
Now after living in Portage for over 64 years, I have to prove residency.
Portage was the first in Porter County to have EMTs, paramedics, 911 and SWAT. Now it's more concerned with buying land, special interest groups and pet projects such as the university center and new yacht club.
- Meliton Chavez, Portage