Are restaurants in Baton Rouge, especially those that use disposal plates, cups, silverware, etc. required to recycle? Is there a formal recycling plan at Metro Airport to dispose of cans, bottles, newspapers, papers, etc., from incoming aircraft and in the airport itself?

Response from Susan Hamilton, director of the East Baton Rouge Recycling Office:

“All recycling programs in East Baton Rouge Parish are voluntary, including commercial programs as well as the residential curbside program.?Restaurants may contract with The Recycling Foundation or other service provider listed in the Baton Rouge telephone book to set up a recycling program.??The city-parish Recycling Office encourages all businesses to recycle and to use sustainable products that may be reused or recycled.”

“The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is responsible for the collection and disposal of waste at its facility. The staff has worked with the East Baton Rouge Recycling Office to establish recycling in its offices and operational areas. Any further expansion of the recycling program would be at the discretion of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. “

About the Baton Rouge Metro Airport…

Response from Baton Rouge Metro Airport spokesman Jim Caldwell:

“The Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) Administration operates a paper recycling program that the airport staff and some tenants, including the Transportation Safety Administration, utilize. Each airline independently determines its recycling policy, and no carrier is currently recycling cans or other waste items removed from aircraft at BTR.”

Digital cable

“Is Cox Cable’s goal to force all of its customers to switch to digital? I fear it is just a matter of time before all of my favorite channels are moved to digital. I am on a fixed income and can barely afford expanded basic cable. I don’t have an HD television and I heard one is needed in order to have digital cable.”

Response from Cox Communications qspokeswoman Sharon Bethea:

“While Cox Communications Louisiana continues to launch more high definition channels and add to our On Demand content, our intent is never to inconvenience customers or force them to switch to services they don’t need or want. There is no question that high definition channels are becoming more popular among viewers and so is the ability to view programming online from laptops, home computers and other smart devices. In order to accommodate more HD channels, increase our internet speeds and give consumers the products they tell us they want, we sometimes have to move channels to free up bandwidth on our network.

“We also work to make as many channels viewable to customers without an upgrade to digital services, though customers can rent a digital converter for $5.25 a month and view more than 100 HD channels without switching from a basic cable package. Decisions to move a channel are never easy.

“We spend a significant amount of time looking at ratings and content to ensure that the channels we are moving impact the least number of viewers.”

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