Columbus' Curbside Recycling Bins
July 30, 2014 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm #1032426
(1) Today I got an email from Leslie Strader, with the mayor’s office of Environmental Stewardship. She and I have been talking about the blue curbside recycling Toters. They don’t have any drainage, and Rumpke’s practice has been to leave the lid open after collection (in part, they say, to indicate that the bin has been emptied).
We observed that the bins collect water, and that means they’re mosquito farms. Leslie worked with Rumpke to change their operating practice, and Rumpke says they’ll now close the lids post-collection.
I’d really appreciate hearing from you as to whether your lids are getting closed during the next couple months, either via PM or post.
(2) In the OSU area, some bins go unused for months while others are overflowing every week. Leslie said that sharing containers is allowable, but you should “discuss these arrangements with your neighbors to ensure all parties agree.”
(3) Also, some bins get used as trash cans, or aren’t being picked up regularly. If you see a neglected bin (a full one), a 311 call is totally appropriate. Rumpke is required to notify the city every time a bin is skipped due to its contents (as in, it contains trash rather than recycling).July 31, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am #1032490
I noticed the drainage issue n the first couple weeks of receiving mine, and just fixed it with a 3/8″ drill bit. ;)July 31, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am #1032492
I would drill mine too, but it lives in the garage so this isn’t an issue. If it catches rainwater after service, I just tip it and let it dry.July 31, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am #1032497
Same. I was surprised the manufacture didn’t think of that though.
Also, call me selfish, but I don’t want to share my bin. For something that only gets picked up every two weeks, I need my space. Some neighbors moved a few weeks back and started using our bin as they were clearing out and I almost lost it.August 1, 2014 8:23 am at 8:23 am #1032718
Our bins were closed the last time they were emptied.August 1, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am #1032721
It has been an interesting experiment, though. Back in the days of the red tubs, mine were the only ones in sight up and down the street. Now almost every house has the blue rolled out, and there’s a hell of a lot of stuff that isn’t going into the trash stream.
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