Last month, Recycla read an interesting article about the city of Seattle’s plans to cut back on the amount of trash going into municipal landfills. The city has already banned foam take-out containers and plastic bags, established mandatory cardboard recycling and food composting, and set up a registry for people to opt-out of getting phone books. But city management thinks they can do even more.
Seattle officials are considering reducing weekly trash pickups to every other week. This would save the city around $6 million annually, as well as reduce truck traffic in neighborhoods. The initiative could potentially keep an additional 1,400 tons of waste out landfills every year, as well as help push the city towards a 60% recycling rate. At this point, approximately 53% of Seattle’s trash is recycled.
While this idea is still in the early theoretical phases, it could be tested in a limited number of homes this summer. Concerns that need to be allayed include whether or not trash cans will develop odors from being full for so long and if vermin will proliferate in these conditions.
While Recycla likes the idea in theory and knows that her family could easily get by on just two trash pick-ups a month, she knows this change could be difficult for other families.
What do you think, fellow Eco Warriors? Could you manage with just two trash collections a month? If not, where do you think you could make improvements to get you to that goal?