An update to A Recycling Conspiracy
As I was putting some food scraps into my compost bucket on the fire escape, I heard some noise coming from below. I stealthily closed the door and took a peek back outside.
To my surprise, there was one of our building’s maintenance men pulling recyclables out of our blue cart and stuffing them into the black landfill cart!
I watched for a few minutes to make sure what I was seeing was correct.
Suddenly I was overcome with frustration and I ran to throw on my coat and go and confront the recycling thief.
Unfortunately, this maintenance worker did not speak much English, so I was not sure how much my message was getting across. I tried to explain that the paper and the plastic we have been painstakingly been putting in the blue cart, should stay in the blue cart, to be recycled.
I did what I could there and went back up to call our usual maintenance man and explain the situation.
Here are some key points from his super logical explanation:
- Yes, they have been taking recycling out of the blue cart
- Recycling pick up is not every week so they just can’t take it out
- The maintenance guy only comes on certain days so he doesn’t want to leave the blue cart out on the curb because people will throw trash in it…..(umm…excuse me!?)
Garbage and recycling get picked up on the same day for us, so he has no idea what he is talking about.
Basically, it is going to come down to me taking out our blue cart on recycling day. I don’t trust them anymore.
Crazy!! Our recycle bin always has a lot more than the trash bin. Maybe contact the recycling/trash company to get it picked up more often. Find out how much more it would cost. Maybe everyone in the building would be willing.
Argh, that sounds really frustrating! At least here in Austin there’s incentive for folks to use the blue cart since recycling is part of the flat fee but trash service is costed differently for different bin sizes (although many folks don’t pay attention). Is there something like that in your neck of the woods?
Unfortunately, not that I know of. I will have to look into it!