I follow any number of news outlets on Twitter and this morning came across a story link from WTOP in Washington DC. The headline read, " Richmond area Virginians who mix trash and recyclables get OOPS notice."
Now this intrigues me after having spent almost 9 years on the Clayton Environmental board. As such we spent a lot of time discussing trash and recycling. During those years the process for home trash pick-up changed a lot, from small containers to large. It went from tiny recycling bins to huge ones and what could be put into the recycling containers increased dramatically. Yard waste became huge and what could go into those bags was surprising.
We went to the main recycling drop off facility any number of times. These places are where the big trucks drop their loads. Amazing.
Anyhow, I wanted to know what would go into Richmond recycling cans that brought about an OOPS notice. They must have been seeing actual trash mixed into the recycle bins, but what? So I clicked the story link from the Richmond Times Dispatch and got this notice:
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I understand why newspapers must attempt to increase their income, but if they feel a story is good enough for Twitter or Facebook, then show the story. It's up now, I guess after a certain amount of time goes by, the story will show up. The Wall Street Journal is one of the worst in having subscriber only views of their stories, but they Tweet stories all day long with most of us not being able to read them.
Actually, we subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, print edition, which comes every morning along with the Post-Dispatch and New York Times. But I finally draw the line at having to have constant log in user names and passwords.
But getting back to Richmond's OOPS notices. It seems too many homeowners are tossing greasy pizza boxes and styrofoam and plastic grocery bags into their bins. We can't do that here either. Richmond also can't toss into the bin plastic caps from milk or juice bottles unless they are put back onto the bottle. Also cans and jars should be rinsed. That is true here, but I'd bet this isn't done too thoroughly.
What I like about local yard waste is you can put your vacuum cleaner stuff into the leaf bags.