That’s how many of those squat, squareish, easily recognizable recycling bins CSWD has distributed since 1993, when we began handing them out to help make recycling an easy, everyday act.
They’re everywhere now, and act as a visual reminder to recycle and a handy tool for making it happen wherever you are.
Of all the container sizes and shapes available to choose from, why did we pick this one?
Glad you asked! There are actually some pretty good reasons why that handy, hardworking bin still the go-to container for recycling.
Why the bin?
It’s not tippy.
It’s just big enough to hold a good amount of material…
… but not so big that you can’t wrangle it to the curb for pickup…
… or into the back seat of your car if you haul it yourself to a Drop-Off Center…
… or fit it into a nice, little nook in your kitchen for easy access.
It’s slingable. The folks who pick up curbside recycling can easily and safely sling it into their trucks without risk of injury.
It’s affordable. This enables your friendly solid waste district to offer up to three per household in Chittenden County at no cost.
It’s lidless. While lids would help prevent recyclables from blowing down the street on blustery days, lids can also break off and become projectiles in high winds. They also add a hassle factor for the hardworking crews that pick up your recycling.
Bins vs. Carts
Tall, wheeled carts are, indeed, better designed for our wonderful windy, rainy, snowy, wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way climate. They are far more expensive than the smaller containers, which is why CSWD can’t provide them to everyone.
We do buy carts in bulk, for sale to trash/recycling hauling companies—along with grant funding so they can pass the savings along to their residents and customers.
In the meantime if you don’t have a lidded cart, it certainly does help to think like the practical Yankee that we all know you are. If the weather outside is frightful:
- Wait as long as you can before you set out your bin.
- Move heavier, less-absorbent items, such as glass bottles and cardboard boxes, to the top to weigh down the lighter contents and shed moisture.
- Tuck ’em in so they don’t catch the wind and you will have helped keep your neighborhood a little tidier—and ensure all those recyclables you worked so hard to keep out of the landfill actually make it to the recycling center!
Want to know how it all happens? Check out our behind-the-scenes video on the process at our very own recycling facility.