recycling bins and trash cans

Crustyzombiepunk's picture

a two part question. first off, where are some of the nearby spots to pick up those large blue recycling bins. right now we're using 13 gallon kitchen trash cans but with pick up only every other week and the increasing amount of allowed recycling material, we need a bigger bin.

also, why doesn't the area have more public trashcans? I don't expect a trashcan on every corner, but a few on select corners up and down Frankford Ave, at least, would be nice. maybe the neighborhood wouldn't be so trashy otherwise.

dan's picture

good luck with the blue

good luck with the blue recycling bins.
they've been nearly impossible to get - and likewise to keep.

as far as a trashcan on every corner...
I love the idea, but I wouldn't count on it reducing trash on the streets.

I've seen groups standing in a circle around a trash can talking, yet throwing their litter on the streets. Likewise, I've seen people open their front door and throw their litter into the street, or dump the trash can from in their car onto the street.

So let's put up more corner trash cans, but it's just a small part of the bigger task of making littering unacceptable.

dan's picture

geez... I seem so

geez... I seem so cynical...
but littering is one of those deeply ingrained things that little seems to budge.

Crustyzombiepunk's picture

I agree with you, Dan. I've

I agree with you, Dan. I've seen it all too. people throwing trash on the ground when a trashcan is right next to them. people dumping trash out of their cars, etc. I know the neighborhood isn't going to become beautiful and trash free over night simply due to the addition of some trashcans. but it can't hurt in the end. I doubt I'm the only one who has walked around with trash in their hand wondering why they can't find a trash can, only to have to take it home with them.

jbette01's picture

Crustyzombiepunk wrote:I

Crustyzombiepunk wrote:

I agree with you, Dan. I've seen it all too. people throwing trash on the ground when a trashcan is right next to them. people dumping trash out of their cars, etc. I know the neighborhood isn't going to become beautiful and trash free over night simply due to the addition of some trashcans. but it can't hurt in the end. I doubt I'm the only one who has walked around with trash in their hand wondering why they can't find a trash can, only to have to take it home with them.

CZP -- you can pick up a blue recycling bin at the Northeast sanitation center, Delaware ave btwn Castor and Lewis Streets. M-S 8-6 PM. When you arrive there, you need to head toward what appears to be the 'main' building next to the trailers. When I went to pick mine up, there was a huge stack there for residents.

While I agree with you Dan that keeping the streets clean is more of a mindset change, once you start convincing people to care about trash, the first thing they are going to mention is lack of public trashcans.

Sounds like you have a cause in Ftown CZP...run with it! Welcome to the neighborhood.

dan's picture

Yeah - I'm not opposed to

Yeah - I'm not opposed to more public trashcans - I'm in favor.

I'm just saying that it's not gonna solve the problem any more than dropping brooms on the corner will, unless we also work on a sea change of attitude.

Ftown66's picture

Crustyzombiepunk wrote:a two

Crustyzombiepunk wrote:

a two part question. first off, where are some of the nearby spots to pick up those large blue recycling bins. right now we're using 13 gallon kitchen trash cans but with pick up only every other week and the increasing amount of allowed recycling material, we need a bigger bin.

also, why doesn't the area have more public trashcans? I don't expect a trashcan on every corner, but a few on select corners up and down Frankford Ave, at least, would be nice. maybe the neighborhood wouldn't be so trashy otherwise.

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I don't know where we got our large blue bin. But i can tell you it still is not big enough. I don't think they have any bigger then what we were given. I'm thinking of just getting a giant 45 gallon trash can and painting it the blue color and labeling it recyclables. We currently are using multiple bins and its a pain in the butt.

jmminarik's picture

Ftown66 wrote:[I'm thinking

Ftown66 wrote:

[I'm thinking of just getting a giant 45 gallon trash can and painting it the blue color and labeling it recyclables. We currently are using multiple bins and its a pain in the butt.

The City officially only honors 23 (maybe 30) gallon trashcans properly labeled for recyclables. Except last week when they didn't take my 23gallon properly labeled recyclables. But at least it has a lid.

The square bucket bins were available at the Rec and reportedly at the 26th, but I'd imagine by now they're all gone. To be honest, I'd just get a 23 gallon (with spiffy lid) or two and be done with it. Weekly recycling in 2008 is one of the -few- things Nutter didn't whack for us here in the river wards.

lilroja's picture

I saw a stack of recycle

I saw a stack of recycle bins on the backside of the 26th district police station the other day. They were on E. Flora St.

Ftown66's picture

jmminarik wrote:Ftown66

jmminarik wrote:
Ftown66 wrote:

[I'm thinking of just getting a giant 45 gallon trash can and painting it the blue color and labeling it recyclables. We currently are using multiple bins and its a pain in the butt.

The City officially only honors 23 (maybe 30) gallon trashcans properly labeled for recyclables. Except last week when they didn't take my 23gallon properly labeled recyclables. But at least it has a lid.

The square bucket bins were available at the Rec and reportedly at the 26th, but I'd imagine by now they're all gone. To be honest, I'd just get a 23 gallon (with spiffy lid) or two and be done with it. Weekly recycling in 2008 is one of the -few- things Nutter didn't whack for us here in the river wards.

thanks for letting me know. I think thats stupid though. They want you to do your part but actually make it as difficult as they can. There are 5 of us here and if we recycled everything we could we would fill a 45 gallon can easy.

Ftown66's picture

lilroja wrote:I saw a stack

lilroja wrote:

I saw a stack of recycle bins on the backside of the 26th district police station the other day. They were on E. Flora St.

They might have been the police stations because i'm sure they have to recycle to.