Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two Recycling Bins

A lot of cities and towns, including Durham, have started issuing larger garbage can-sized blue recycling bins to its residents, and letting you put almost anything that can be recycled in them, including cereal boxes and the like.

But, recycling pickup only comes every other week. So is a single recycling bin large enough to fit two weeks' worth of recycled items? Not always. So, we asked Durham for a second one.

Most of the time, we can fit two weeks' worth of recycling in a single bin. But when we have to break out the second bin, it's usually for one of two reasons: 1) we have large boxes to get rid of, or 2) we're out of town on recycling pickup day, meaning we have four weeks' worth of recycling stuff to contend with. (Trash day is Monday, so this seems to happen a lot.)

By the way, we typically only have to put the traditional non-recycling garbage bin on the street every third week. Seems to me that we should be doing recycling pickup weekly and traditional garbage pickup biweekly, rather than the other way around.

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