For as long as I've lived here and probably much longer, Austin residents have recycled in these tiny blue bins. They're the size of cardboard boxes, and recyclables must be separated. Cans, bottles, and jars go in the bin, while paper must be placed inside a paper bag or in another blue bin.
But in a few short weeks, all that will change.
Starting the first week of October, our city will drop off 90-gallon blue recycling carts, where everything—including yogurt containers and even those pesky old cd jackets—can be tossed in at one's leisure.
They're calling it Single Stream Recycling, and the program is great news for residents in Austin. We're a pretty Earth-friendly town, but this is still a huge improvement for the city. It'll be more convenient for people with curbside trash pickup, and as an added bonus, it will cut down the number of trucks driving around town because the new recycling pickup will have more efficient routes.
Obviously it's a big step in the right direction for my ever-greening city, even though I'm sure this type of no-sorting curbside recycling has been around in many other cities for a while.
So, tell us--what is your city doing to save the Earth, in giant leaps or baby steps?