Two Letters Re: Urban Trash


Under item number 7 (Recycle). Textiles, including things like shoes and purses, that aren’t in good enough shape to be donated to thrift stores can be recycled through GemText. Be kind and make sure the items are clean. Go to to see if they are near you. – S.B.

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This contributor recommended burning trash that is combustible outdoors. This used to be common practice, but it is now most likely banned as illegal open burning in all but the most rural locations. Even in rural areas there can be burning bans due to wildfire risks.

A better option might to be to burn these items in a wood burning stove in the winter, or to get a chimenea or enclosed fire pit, which does cost more, but it’s less than the potential fines for violating the law. – V.L.