In an effort to expand recycling in the city, City Councilor at-Large Felix G. Arroyo has introduced a hearing order to look into ways to provide public recycling bins on Boston’s streets at no cost to the city.
“Introducing recycling bins to our streets, gives our residents and visitors an opportunity to recycle on-the-go,” Arroyo said. “We have all been to a park or walking down the street with a plastic water bottle and had nowhere to recycle it. I want to look into ways to make Boston greener by increasing recycling without costing the city a dime.”
One of the programs mentioned by Arroyo is Free Green Can, a company that provides free installation of recycling bins, free hauling of recycling waste, and free maintenance of recycling bins. In return, the company sells advertising on the bins. There is currently a pilot program of Free Green Can in Chicago, Ill., and a full program in Omaha, Neb.
“Public recycling bins make it as easy as possible for everyone to recycle no matter where they are,” said Sarah Freeman, who serves on the board of directors for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Arborway Coalition. “We are happy to work with Councilor Arroyo to make that a reality in Boston in a way that works for all neighborhoods.”
Arroyo is working to make Boston greener and believes that public recycling bins will help increase recycling throughout the city.
“A greener city is a better city for all of us and for generations to come,” Arroyo said. “We want to examine and consider every opportunity to increase recycling on our streets and in our parks to continue to build a better Boston for everyone.”