New Carts, No Bins.
When you get home from work today, you’re likely to find a little present in your front yard. No, the neighbor’s dog didn’t make another deposit on your lawn, but the folks at Recology were certainly busy today delivering the new garbage and recycle “carts” to a good portion of the flats in San Carlos in anticipation of taking over the collection service in San Carlos on January 1, 2011. According to the original schedule that I published a few weeks ago, this means that they’re about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule in delivering the carts. Uh oh, maybe that’s grounds for a strike…
One thing you’ll notice right away is the size of the wheeled black garbage cart. The standard issue from Recology is a 32 gallon garbage cart, which probably looks dinky next to your existing can. With a family of 5 who does an excellent job of diverting as much stuff as possible into the recycle bins, I know that this little cart still won’t be big enough for us. No sweat — if you need a bigger cart, Recology offers 64 gallon and 96 gallon service carts too. Simply call their customer service line at 650-595-3900 and request one of the bigger ones. Note that they haven’t yet determined what the weekly premium will be for the larger carts — that info will published in a letter that will be going out to residents in the upcoming weeks.
One Cart, Lots of Recyclables.
The other big departure from the old recycle routine is that you no longer have to sort your recyclables into those impossibly small rectangular bins. Simply put your paper recyclables in the same blue wheeled cart as the your cans and bottles. How cool is that? Almost as cool as the fact that it has wheels. No more double hernia trying to lift bins full of waterlogged newspapers and junk mail. Are you an uber-recycler? You can request extra blue carts from Recology for free. Your standard service covers one blue-cart pick-up per week. If you want to put more than one out, it’s a $3 charge per cart. (editors note: In 600 posts on this site, I have never once used the word “uber”. You probably won’t see it again for another 600..)
Getting Rid of the Old Bins.
Love your new carts so much that you want an immediate divorce from the old cans? No problem. Attached to the new bins are “Take Me” stickers that you simply apply to your old garbage cans, so when Allied Waste takes the garbage they’ll take the old can with it. If you don’t want the old rectangular recycle bins either, you simply leave them on the curb upside down, and Allied Waste will pick them up during their rounds. According to Recology customer service, you can do this right now, in time for tomorrow’s scheduled pick-up from Allied Waste.
So get on it — just what you wanted to do on a 100 degree day, right?
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