WTOP: District Short of Recycling Goals
According to recents reports, the District still has a long way to go to reach its goal of 45% participation in the city's recycling program. DC has a pretty good recycling program (in my opinion), they pick up recycling once a week & you don't even need to sort your items (though items should be clean & you must rinse bottles & cans). The issue seems to be one of people's personal habits, and personal habits are hard to change. I remember attending a psa meeting where people complained about residents using the recycling cans, which are clearly market as for recyclables only, for trash disposal. The complainers were blaming DPW for the problem. Personally, I don't think DPW is at fault for this one. I suspect that most people are familiar with the recycling symbol (even if they couldn't/didn't read the instructions that came with the new cans). If people are still unfamiliar with the symbol, or if they just don't care enough to refrain from stuffing that can with trash, I'm not sure what kind of public education program is going to be effective. Creating habits when people are young is probably a good step, but again, difficult since you can't actually be in people's homes.