The Monroe County Commission should immediately abandon the idea of burning yard waste from residents on Ramrod Key.
The current practice of shipping yard waste to Broward County to burn and release as carbon pollution into the atmosphere is an insult. At a cost of $840,000 per year, it is an insult to the taxpayers of Monroe County, as well.
Monroe County ground up yard waste and composted it at the transfer sites in the Keys and delivered it to residents as mulch for many years. This practice must be restored; it is the only sensible, cost-effective and environmentally appropriate solution.
Ten inches of mulch will become one or two inches of soil in a short time in the Keys. It raises yard elevations and stores carbon in the soil, and grows trees, which remove mores carbon from the atmosphere.
If the county government wants to take action against climate change, or be sustainable, it should do it instead of talking about it and pretending to do something.
Big Pine Key