It doesn’t seem like Naperville’s recycling program is working as good as it could. When the program was first rolled out by the city, it looked really impressive. Residents were given the choice of three sizes (96-gallon, 64-gallon, and 32-gallon) beautiful blue rolling recycling carts. I think I chose the 64-gallon size, I really don’t remember. I didn’t want to use the cart for recycling, I simply wanted it to store items like baseball bats, small shovels and rakes, basketballs, footballs, etc. It gets the job done and it’s the perfect size sitting in my garage, next to my gigantic rolling green garbage can.
I mentioned in a previous post a few years ago, that I am not a recycling kind of guy. If I thought it really worked, I might give it a second thought, but I think it falls under the heading of socially acceptable non-productive behavior.
The flyers announcing the recycling specifics were bold and colorful with all sorts of cool pictures of stuff that qualified as being recyclable including:
- Aluminum and steel cans, and lids
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastic bottles and jugs
- Dry food boxes
- Cartons and juice boxes
- Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, computer paper and my favorite, junk mail
- Flattened cardboard including pizza boxes
My favorite day of the week is Thursday; that’s garbage day at the Watchdog household. I pride myself in shoving as much stuff as I can find into my garbage can, rolling it down to the curb late at night, and hearing the garbage truck roll by late morning to make the contents magically disappear, and then the process starts over again.
Most of my neighbors have recycling carts. They have to store them outside because there’s no room in their garages. I’ve noticed that some of my neighbors can’t fit huge boxes into their recycling carts, so they leave them neatly at curbside, and the recycling guy empties their cans but leaves the boxes. One neighbor had a box spring and mattress delivered in boxes. He tried bending the boxes and shoving them in his recycling can with no success. He then tried cutting the boxes into small pieces with a razor blade box opener and shoving them into the can, with a little more success, but still had to leave 75% of the cardboard at the curb. The recycling guy doesn’t want to leave the friendly confines of his truck to take the cardboard neatly piled up at the curb.
When the garbage guy rolls through, he jumps out of his truck, and tosses the cardboard boxes into the garbage truck bin, and leaves. I’m hoping the garbage truck guy earns more than the recycling guy because he works more and takes what the recycling guy won’t take.
If recycling pays off for the city, then leaving boxes at curbside is costing the city money. Hence the program is not working as good as it could. Yes, I am not doing my part, I get it, but neither is the recycling guy and he’s getting paid to do his job which includes taking cardboard boxes. How difficult is that to do.
The good news is that my recycling cart looks as good as new, and I know exactly where my baseball bats and basketballs are located.