I visited my sister and her new baby in the San Francisco area a couple weeks ago. One day happened to be trash day and I noticed something. They had tiny little trash cans. The green compost and blue recycle bins were the same size as ours here, but the brown trash cans were half the size. I questioned my sister about this as it was curious.
The city recently went with a new waste removal company. Part of the contract was to get people to recycle and compost more. Their solution, give everyone smaller trash cans. In fact, my sister informed me, the size I was seeing was not the free size. That was the larger size and you had to pay for it. Apparently, one could also pay even more for a regular size trash bin.
This got me thinking. First, brilliant idea as far as I’m concerned. Smaller trash cans to encourage better recycling and composting. Second, I wondered if my family of five with a child in diapers could make do with the smaller size bin.
Finally, I thought about how I’ve gotten a little lazy on the composting thing. I have a compost bin (two actually) in my backyard and we can put food scraps in our green bins, so I have no real excuse, but I’ve still been throwing banana peels and the like in the regular trash can. I could reduce our garbage by a fair amount if I made a little effort.
So that’s what I’m going to do. Make a little more effort and compost more.
How about you? Are you good about recycling and composting? Do you think smaller garbage cans are a good idea? Does your city do anything to encourage less trash production?