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Citizen complaint of the day: Somebody in South Boston is really into cup stacking

Whole lot of stacked coffee cups

An annoyed citizen files a 311 complaint about these ever growing stacks of coffee cups on West 5th Street next to the overpass over the bypass road.

PLEASE HELP! This pile grows every day. It needs to be cleaned up and we need more garbage cans in the area.

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If that bothers you that much. Better than syringes, underwear and condoms.

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Those three things are eeewwwww gross!

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Only if you're not the first user...

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...and pick it up. it would take all of 30 seconds.

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See the chains? This is a permanent display.

Only answer is that it's the counter balance to the Longfellow Trophys.

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The cup stacker may be making the same point as the person who made the complaint?

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...covered cups. Probably not rinsed out first...been pretty hot and humid lately...

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Stacked up because someone is picking them up.

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Maybe some grouch Bostonian can knock them down in a fit of rage like those rental bikes

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Reminds me of Andy Warhol artwork. Maybe you should leave it alone to see it grow and win an award for great street art.

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IMAGE(http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/_internal/cimg!0/pzbp4z6w9rder3c4uiunjpc8cpaa5sy)

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Adorable!

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I have a good proportion of my kitchen real estate devoted to styrofoam packaging, given that, out of the blue, Somerville no longer seems to support recycling that. According to the city website, we're just supposed to throw that recyclable stuff in the trash.

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Did they actually accept styrofoam in the past everywhere I've been said it can't be collected with recycling.

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AFAIK they never accepted styrofoam curbside, but had a styrofoam collection day twice(?) a year when you could bring it to the DPW by Trum Field, like the hazwaste collection days.

I too have a bunch of styrofoam in my basement that I never got around to taking over there while they were still collecting it.

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That's because contrary to the maxim, more often than not, one person's trash is just another person's trash. Plenty more information available on that by googling "recycling crisis".

This summarizes it:
"Turns out that’s a big problem: Many people (including me), thinking we’re doing the environmentally responsible thing, recycle stuff that is contaminated or otherwise unrecyclable, including greasy pizza boxes, polyethylene-lined coffee cups, yogurt cups, plastic take-out boxes stained with oil and plastic bags."
http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2018/06/26/china-recycling-rich-barlow

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Somerville doesn't determine whether or not China is willing to accept our waste for recycling anymore. Do you think Somerville runs massive plants where recycling into new products take place? That happens overseas. If they don't want it, it doesn't get recycled.

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My guess the property is owned by a landowner notorious for leaving mountains of trash, graffiti that last for months, and fences with more holes than swiss cheese. The owner also laughs at city inspectors who complain telling them "Do you know who I am, my name is MBTA.

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