I try to recycle as much as possible in order to minimize unnecessary garbage going into landfills. On any given week I tend to fill-up my puny 35-gallon recycling bin to capacity. When the bin begins to overflow I place the recyclables in cardboard box and cross my fingers that it will be picked too. Unfortunately, most times it does not get picked- up. Only the stuff in the recycling bin is taken away.
Today, I decide to request a larger recycling bin from Miami –Dade County 3-1-1. I was told that larger bins were not available for Miami residents and that additional bins were not available to purchase for $50. They only had bins available for residents which had their bins stolen or damaged. I was left with no other option but to lie. I told the very nice customer service lady from 3-1-1 that my bin had been stolen.
Why is it so difficult to recycle in this town? Why don’t we have larger bins? Why don’t we have extra bins available for purchase to encourage recycling? It should not be difficult to do the right thing. We need to facilitate the recycling process, not make it complicated.
We need larger recycling bins. If this is not possible, residents should get at least two recycling bins per household at no additional cost. If it costs $50 to do the right thing, many will not pay the additional cost. Effectively Miami-Dade County is encouraging people to dump recyclables in our landfills. This is not good.
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