Recycling Pilot Program Launched Downtown

From Farragut Square Park

From the Golden Triangle BID:

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) is making recycling easier for the neighborhood’s 86,000 workers and millions of annual visitors with the installation of 10 recycling bins within the BID’s 43-block area. The recycling bins are being installed during the BID’s 4th annual “Clean, Green & Golden” spring-cleaning week going on through March 31.

In this pilot program, ten cans are being co-located with existing trashcans for the purpose of collecting recycling. Some key locations include: the southeast corner of Farragut Square Park, the southeast corner of Duke Ellington Park, and 1369 Connecticut Avenue (adjacent to Dupont Circle). Data on recycling volume will be collected through the spring and fall.

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  • not to be a pessimist, but those will fill up with garbage quickly..

    • Allison

      Agreed, not pessimistically, realistically. As someone who used to process recycling, I know that people’s inability to tell the difference between a recycling bin and a trashcan knows no bounds. To succeed, these bins are going to need much narrower can and bottle holes and be CLEARLY marked on the top around the hole, not the side. People don’t look at the side of what they deem to be trash cans.

  • I know the “golden circle’s” colors are gold and black, but it is seriously dumb to not make these bins green or blue (you know, the colors associated with recycling or recycling bins). You don’t need a pilot program to tell you that.

  • I appreciate the effort, but honestly, I can’t tell which one is for the garbage and which one is for the recycling. also-what kind of recycling? I agree with the previous posters…little holes for aluminum cans, with pictures of what can go in the can on the top, and green or blue. Did they ask anybody before they designed these things?

  • I agree they have to find a way to make these more easily distinguishable and difficult to use for regular trash – maybe even crazier bright colors are needed. The recycling cans near Union Station (which are blue, and have a narrower hole) are still filled with a lot of trash. I am a total recycling nerd (will rinse out and carry home cans if I can’t find a bin) and even I can’t always tell when I’m just walking by quickly. But I guess the pilot program data will reveal whether it works or not.

  • Agreed re. the bin color (should be green or blue) and the need for a smaller opening at the top.

    The Pepsi-sponsored recycling bins near Gallery Place-Chinatown are blue and have small openings, so they’re easily distinguishable from the regular trash cans.

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