Have you ever wondered…do those soda cans you faithfully put in the recycling bin actually make it to the recycling center? Well, if you’re in the District, folks, the chances are hit and miss.
At least according to this Washington City Paper article, which an alert friend just forwarded to me.
If you own a business in DC, you have to have a recycling program. But once the recyclables hit the bin, the haulers are in charge. And that’s where the system breaks down.
This story says 75 percent of the city’s trash and recycling comes from commercial buildings, including multi-unit apartments and condos. Private haulers carry it away — sometimes separately, sometimes mixed together and bound for the dump.
Sigh. This is nuts.
There are reasons, of course; lowering prices for recyclables and increased costs to transport it. But a District law that allows trash trucks to have up to 30% of recyclables in its load can’t help, nor can neighboring jurisdictions that will accept trash trucks filled with recyclables.
I say keep on recycling — and now let’s find ways to get these haulers on board and make recycling in the District actually work.