Wednesday, May 7, 2008

City of Austin to improve recycling program later this year

The city of Austin is introducing a program that they call "single stream" recycling. The program will be implemented in Fall '08. The city will deliver new 90 gallon bins to homes and the list of materials that will be accepted has expanded so now we will be able to recycle more of the products we use all in the same bin.

What goes in the recycling cart?
Paper:
(newspaper, office paper, junk mail, cereal and
soft drink boxes, corrugated cardboard)

Aluminum and metal cans: food cans
(labels left on OK), soda cans

Glass: Jars and bottles

Rigid plastics: # 1 through # 7,
including yogurt and margarine tubs

What cannot be recycled?
Plastic
bags, Styrofoam
(cups, egg cartons, take-out containers)

I think this is a big step in the right direction. The city of Austin is seen as a "green" city and these are the types of programs that enforce that reputation. If we can make it easier for people to recycle, what reason do they have to waste by just throwing recyclables in the trash? My wife and I recycle as much as we can and it really cuts down on the amount of trash we put in our bin. Since we will be able to recycle more products, the next step for the city should be to deliver smaller trash bins to encourage people even more to recycle. What do you think about this program?

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