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January 29th, 2015 – Facebook Artist Challenge – My Romer, the Recycling Squirrel

by on Jan.29, 2015, under Cartooning


Side note: My pal Pam Treadwell asked if I would post three bits of work I’m doing or have done for five days within my Facebook page. This is #2 of 3 for today.

Back in my old Orlando City Hall days I produced a comic strip for the magazine City Hallways. It was called Romer, the Recycling Squirrel. I started the recycling strip in 1988 when the City’s recycling program started with a lady named Pat Bortz. I was one of the first to work with her and the strip was an outgrowth of that. The program and those in charge of it changed many times over the next two decades, but I was still involved. I produced Romer until the magazine ended in the early 2000s.

I was a nut about recycling at City Hall as most anyone there could tell you. I still am. It just doesn’t make sense to me that we spend so much of taxpayer money buying land to dumb garbage, contaminate the land and then spend more taxpayer money to clean up the land and our water supply.

If done correctly much of the garbage can be recycled and the government can make money from it. Unfortunately most governments have tossed garbage pickup to private companies that cost taxpayers far more money and lose the opportunity to control garbage dump sites and recycling. Garbage companies don’t like recycling. They make more money if they have something to pick up.

Romer was originally in black and white. This was one of the early strips from about 25 years ago. I’ll post a few more that are in color.

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