From Boston Recycling:
"Where's Your Cart? We noticed that you did not have your new recycling cart out and would like to encourage you to join the thousands of residents already participating in the 'Recycle More' program. You can fill your cart with the following items:...."
This is the little note that the Boston Recycling people have bothered to leave two weeks running (this week in full color) in my mailbox. The cart in question is a huge monstrosity of a trash can which I believe is intended to promote single stream recycling. Why can't I just single stream recycle in my small easy-to-carry-up-and-down-three-flights-of-stairs-even-when-full portable blue bins? Which is what I will continue to do.
The big cart does have two advantages: wheels and a lid. The wheels though don't make it any easier to maneuver up and down that last flight of steep granite steps and I don't really have the space for it alongside the house. The lid is great for those windy days when most of the recycling in my small bins gets blown around the street. Still, a lid does not a recycling bin make.
Many of my neighbors have resorted to the big carts but I'll stick with the smaller bins. They're more manageable. And it's rare that I have so much to recycle that even a quarter of the big cart would be full making it just that much more inconvenient to haul such a small load in such a big container up and down the steps.
It will take more than big carts to promote recycling among those who don't do it. On trash days I am appalled at the volume of perfectly useable, clean stuff (children's toys and furniture, mostly) that gets kicked to the curb and not the recycling bin.
Maybe recycling only reinforces or pardons the mindless consumerism that got us into this trashy mess. Remember, it's reduce what you buy and re-use all you can, first. Then, finally, recycle.