Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

New York City screws up

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/29/nyregion/29recycle.html

So the City is encouraging residents to recycle their garbage.  How are they promoting it?

By handing out free water bottles (i.e., future garbage). Great.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 29th, 2007 7:24am
Those green recycling cans look *exactly* like our existing garbage cans, except with the word "recycling" on them.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 29th, 2007 7:40am
It sounds like that's the point though? The people are meant to find a blue recycling bin after they are done with the water bottle? Give them some practice?

Hopefully it won't be like the recycling programs in most cities where they don't actually have any place to take recycled plastic, so they just end up driving it to the same dump as the other stuff and dumping it.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 11:51am
> The people are meant to find a blue recycling bin after they are done with the water bottle? Give them some practice?

Huh? Oh, I hadn't noticed the sliver of blue bin between the giant green bin & pillar. The green one does say "Recycling" on it though.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 29th, 2007 12:30pm
The article says green bin for paper, blue for bottles.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 12:41pm
Oh, so green _is_ recycling. In which case my original statement still stands - they look exactly like the generic garbage cans you see around the city today.

<waits to see if several million new yorkers remove the lid from their coffee cup before throwing it out so they can place each in the proper receptacles>
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 29th, 2007 12:57pm
They've got two recycling trash cans, blue and green. They look the same except for color. One is for paper, one for bottles. Glass bottles? Plastic? Aluminum? I guess it's all three combined.

You are right people will see them as trash cans. I guarantee that the city will at some point bring up this problem - that people are throwing bottles in the paper bin, paper in the bottle bin, the wrong sort of bottles, throwing hot dogs and wax covered paper in both instead of only the unglossy paper with organic dyes they were hoping for, it's costing them millions to sort through the bottles, it costs 10 times more to do this in energy inputs than to just make new bottles, and they're dumping all of it in the landfill anyway after sorting, but the good news is that the program has created lots of jobs for sorters and administrators, so they are keeping it.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 1:20pm
Seems like spring in NYC means not only can one not take a picture of trash cans without getting a shot of people romancing, one can't see anything in a photo beyond people engaging in such spring rites.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 29th, 2007 2:17pm
> You are right people will see them as trash cans.

Not the blue ones. Blue "means" recycling.

But green means garbage.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 29th, 2007 7:00pm
You guys, it's the second paragraph of the article. Just take a look. OK, I guess following a link, you might sprain your finger and then you'd have to file a lawsuit. Let me help you out then:

"The city is installing the brightly colored bins — blue for bottles and cans, green for paper — in six busy parks, most near transit stations, and on both terminals of the Staten Island Ferry."

For those of you who are blind, there is a photograph above this paragraph with a picture of two trash can looking objects. One is blue, the other is green.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 7:03pm
What in my post contradicted what you said?

Practical Economist, you're being really weird in this thread. I say "the green recycle bin looks exactly like our regular existing trash bins and people are going to get confused" and you spend the rest of the thread arguing with me over nothing.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 29th, 2007 7:28pm
Ah, I see. My first response was to the original poster just in reaction to the issue of them giving out free bottles of water. I said maybe that is the point (sample trash), but you thought I was commenting specifically about the color. That's where it got derailed.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 8:39pm
That's the problem with having a non-threaded board.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 8:40pm
Fucking J--- ... never mind!
Permalink Dan Denman 
March 29th, 2007 10:23pm

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