Brendan Morrissey: Let’s make changes to recycle more

December 20, 2013 

Let’s make changes to recycle more

The town of Cary has done a good job with infrastructure during recent high-growth years. The prior recycling expansion is one example.

However, for the past couple years the council seems to be going around and around on the issue of how to improve.

It seems clear to me. I previously lived in California, where the trash bins are usually small and the recycling bins are enormous. Some towns charge for trash service by the bag or bin size.

Here it’s the opposite – enormous trash bins given out alongside half-sized recycling bins. Plus there’s the silly every-other-week recycling pickup, which tells us the town wants to recycle just one-fourth the amount of the trash.

The council has rightly outlined several potential steps, and it’s time to decide and move forward. Here is one view of how to immediately boost recycling rates, reduce confusion and take a stand on the issue:

1. Charge more for an additional trash bin.

2. Direct the extra revenue toward collecting recycling every week.

3. Invest the $30,000 to couple outreach with these changes, and use most of it to target the historically low recycling adopters.

Let’s get going; I’m tired of storing recyclables in my garage because of the small bin sizes and bi-weekly collection.

Cary should be leading the charge on recycling in the Triangle.

Brendan Morrissey


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