Target: Town of Sugar Creek, Missouri
Goal: Allow a woman to recycle old tires into planters
Recently, acting on a complaint, the town of Sugar Creek, MO issued Toni Shelton a citation because she had many tires stored in her yard. The town alleges that they attract mosquitoes and reduce property values. Toni Shelton has been repainting old tires to make flower and vegetable planters. She is refusing to pay the fine on principle, and can go to jail. She is complying with the order and has moved most of the tires. The town should drop all charges against her.
Toni Shelton is doing something wonderful for the environment. Tires are extremely difficult to dispose of. On the other hand, recycling has many benefits: from increasing US competitiveness to decreasing greenhouse gases’ emissions to conserving natural resources. It is a win-win for the town to let people reuse old tires and support them any way possible.
Still, rawstory reports that Sugar Creek Chief Herb Soule insisted that the town tries to discourage people from accumulating tires because they retain water, attract mosquitoes, and lower property values. The town should work with residents to reduce its carbon footprint with innovative projects, like the one Toni Shelton is bringing to life.
Urge town officials to drop all charges against Toni Shelton and use old tires for planting beds all over the city. Global warming is not going to wait, and there is a limited number of landfills in the world.
Dear Town of Sugar Creek,
Toni Shelton was storing old tires in order to repaint and turn them into flower and vegetable beds. After she received a complaint and a citation, she moved most of the tires into an enclosed space. The citation still stands, however.
Ms. Shelton is doing a great service by keeping old tires instead of disposing of them. She is beautifying her neighborhood with gorgeous flowerbeds. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps the US competitive and conserves natural resources. Recycling even helps with job creation in the manufacturing sector.
There is no reason to punish Toni Shelton for her wonderful idea. Instead, town officials should learn from her experience and put all tires to good use in Sugar Creek. Please drop all charges against her and encourage residents to invent new ways to deal with hazardous waste.
[Your Name Here]
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