Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Future Is Here

From the bean of Green Bean.


I heard the noise out front and pried open the shutters. A delivery? I hadn't ordered anything. Through the trees, on the other end of the driveway, three trucks slowed to a stop, single file. Each boasted a large bed brimming with different colored garbage cans. One had blue, the next green, and the final one, black.

I bit my lower lip. It wasn't garbage pick up day. These weren't garbage trucks. A couple guys hopped out and unloaded one of each of the shiny colored trash cans, lining them up like soldiers near my mailbox. Squinting, I made out the the word Recology.

Woohoooo! My whoop must have echoed through the neighborhood and surely startled the delivery men. A few years ago, we'd been told that our garbage service would be transferred. This January, we'd be moving to single stream recycling. Bo-yeah! All of our neighboring cities would also move to composting their food scraps (a victory we'd won in our city a few years ago). And we'd all have a tiny little garbage can for what was leftover: landfill.

The future has arrived. It is bright, shiny and full of hope, recyclables, and rotting food. Welcome 2011!

7 comments:

Melissa @ HerGreenLife said...

I was similarly excited when my husband announced the arrival of the recycling dumpster in our alley earlier this month. We don't have composting here though, but it isn't a huge deal since I do my own composting and use it on our garden.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Oh yay! We have single stream recycling and it's so nice, but we don't have compost pick up! I'm jealous!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad we have these now (I live near you), but not so much for the single stream. I'll probably keep the paper and glass/plastic/metal seperate anyhow in the house because otherwise the paper gets wet from the rinsed-out stuff. I also compost my compostables, so that bit doesn't affect me that much but hopefully will help others. But what is REALLY great about this new system is that the carts have LIDS that keep the RAIN out so your paper isn't completely sodden by trash day. Plus the every week recycling and yard waste pickup is much better. No more hubby standing in front of the schedule magnet and asking me if it is recycling week or not!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad we have these now (I live near you), but not so much for the single stream. I'll probably keep the paper and glass/plastic/metal seperate anyhow in the house because otherwise the paper gets wet from the rinsed-out stuff. I also compost my compostables, so that bit doesn't affect me that much but hopefully will help others. But what is REALLY great about this new system is that the carts have LIDS that keep the RAIN out so your paper isn't completely sodden by trash day. Plus the every week recycling and yard waste pickup is much better. No more hubby standing in front of the schedule magnet and asking me if it is recycling week or not!

Daisy said...

Yee-haw! This is great news. I'd love to see my city begin composting.

Kellie said...

Oooooo color me jealous!

Green Bean said...

Thank you everyone! The weekly pick up, the composting, everything! I envision my "landfill" cart getting smaller and smaller in 2011.

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