The next generation of blue recycling carts will contain 40% recycled plastic - with some of that including plastic cleaned up from lakes, rivers and beaches - the city announced today.
Boston plans to distribute 10,000 of the new bins over the next two years as residents' current bins wear out, break or simply disappear.
The city is buying the bins from a Los Angeles company that says 10% of the plastic in the new carts will specifically come from "ocean-bound waste," with the rest being other forms of "post-consumer" plastic. According to the city:
With Ocean Core carts, Boston will reuse the equivalent of 61 miles of 2-liter bottles stretched end-to-end.