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New Boston recycling carts will themselves be partly recycled

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.

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This is so cool. Hashtag NOT sarcasm! Magoo.

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getting ones that you open with a footpedal so people will actually use then

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I sure see them at the end of driveways or on curbs all the time and they look to be full. And most of the curbside trash cans I see don't have footpedals either - are people just letting their homes fill up with trash and recycling for lack of a footpedal?

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My two year old niece likes to close the recycling bin lids when out for a walk on trash day. I didn’t think she was more physically advanced than any adults but I guess I was wrong.

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Kids have delivered papers, raked leaves, shoveled driveways and more to make some pocket cash. I think your niece should see what kind of money Fenway Crank would pay to have her open and close the recycling bin lid.

My city bin is over 25 years old and and is in dirty, but near-perfect condition. Adding an unnecessary foot pedal will result in that thing wearing out and needing replacement long before a standard cart.

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Which municipalities would have to eat to pass on to end users.

I've never met a trash can with a pedal that didnt break somehow within a month after buying it. I've had all kinds.. and they all break.

(I'm too cheap to buy a SimpleHuman one....)

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how about we stop this expensive, useless but "feel good" recycling program that does essentially nothing for the environment and channel the money/effort into developing/subsidizing sustainable packaging development and implementation?

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Recycling plastic is a joke and a farce

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I thought the cost for trash disposal was about twice the cost for co-mingled recyclables, no? So the more stuff we can divert into the recycling stream the less we pay, tell me if I'm wrong about that. Within the recycling waste stream there are winners and losers for sure, aluminum is valuable, ferrous metals less so but easy to separate, carboard has some value but easily contaminated with dirt, sand etc. and not worth transporting too far b/c of the bulk, glass not worth a lot and very heavy, plastic has a lot of possibilities but there are so many kinds and its easily contaminated and the good stuff is mixed with not so good. But aggregated, recyclables are still much cheaper than trash as I recall. What would make this better is if we had more/better MRFs (materials recycling facilities) and off-takers for the feedstock, with higher recycled content requirements and prohibitions against excess packaging and non-recyclable material that contaminates the recycling stream. A fella can dream, can't he?

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