Apartment recycling

posted by Russ, July 8 in sustainability with tags , , ,

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Here in San Diego, there is a problem with trash. I keep hearing that the landfills are filling up much to fast, and that they will be at capacity soon. Ok, so recycling is the quickest way to lessen the burden on the landfills.

The problem is that approximately 80-90% of people in San Diego rent. If you’re renting a house in a neighborhood, the chances are probably pretty good that you’ll have a recycle bin provided, however if you’re like me and you live in a complex, you’ll more than likely have a dumpster only.

So once again, the city misses the boat. Recycling isn’t mandatory, and apartment owners probably choose to have only a dumpster because it’s the cheapest solution. So yet again, a place where you could make a fairly big difference, where the population density is highest, they’re not doing it.

I myself keep all my recyclables in a bin which I bring to the local rec center and dump in the city provided recycle bin there. I don’t imagine too many people do that though…

Why are things like this that make so much sense so difficult?

Originally posted on Saturday, July 8th, 2006 at 10:17 PM .

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