Dear PoP – lack of sidewalk recycling bins?


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoP,

Walking around DC, I am often pretty frustrated by the lack (or total absence) of recycling bins. Is there any reason why they are not all over town? Carrying a glass or plastic bottle all day can be pretty annoying and usually ends with me just throwing it out in a regular trash can versus holding onto it until I get home. But obviously, it doesn’t have to be this way. Why can’t the DC government put out recycling bins alongside public trash cans? At least in areas with heavy foot traffic…

With all the new bike lanes, the bag tax, and revitalization projects, it seems like DC is pretty committed to “going green.” Are there any efforts to make recycling more pedestrian-friendly? I think it is much needed and would be a great addition to the rapidly improving city.”

I hadn’t thought too much about this but now that the question has been raised, I think it’s a very good point. Searching my memory I only think I’ve seen recycling cans by the Mall (like in the photo above) and a few spots downtown. Have you guys seen recycling cans around town? Do you think it will be difficult to get more of them, in more neighborhoods?

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