City recycling carts are not your average trash toter

City recycling carts are not your average trash toter

In my last post, I mentioned that the recycling carts the city has agreed to purchase for the multifamily home recycling program are very interesting — and then I left you hanging as to why.

Well, here you go. I talked to Angela Adams, the city’s recycling coordinator, about the carts. Four things about the carts that make them more than your average trash toter:

  1. They’re blue. Apparently a majority of the city council preferred the color blue over the color green (the two options offered to them). Personally, I think blue-green swirls would have been the way to go.
  2. The carts themselves are 100 percent recyclable. I guess that makes sense.
  3. You’ll be asked to "feed the thing." That will be the mantra of the recycling program, and it will be stamped on each of the carts. The cart itself will also be molded with a list of "the thing’s diet," Adams said. Obviously it eats newspaper, plastic, glass and the like.
  4. They could be tracked with radio frequency identification tags. The carts will come with tracking tags built-in so the city can keep a database of their locations. You will be hearing about this from me again in the next couple weeks because city officials will be discussing whether to spend a little more money (Adams said it could be maybe another 5 cents on top of a $3-ish monthly fee for the program) to outfit hauling trucks with systems that can weigh the carts on pickup and transmit that information to the city. If a particular cart keeps registering low or no weight when it is picked up, Adams can then target specific residences to educate their tenants about recycling. We'll see who's first to mention the Big Brother issue here. Whether or not the city will have this capability is yet to be decided by the council — that meeting is scheduled for Sept. 28.

So there you go. Here are the vital statistics on the carts: each is 96 gallons, the first wave of carts will cost $121,687.50 (2,750 carts at $44.25 each), and multifamily tenants can expect to see them beginning Oct. 15. The recycling program begins Dec. 1.

Below is a photo of various sizes of recycling carts from the Cascade Engineering website. Cascade Engineering is the firm from which the city purchased the toters.

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