How Many Trucks Does It Take to Pick Up D.C.’s Unwanted Trashcans?
Here's your trashcan trivia question of the day: If the Department of Public Works delivers 210,000 new trash and recycling bins to D.C. households, and, say, half of those households want their old cans picked up, how many trucks will it take to pick up the old ones?
Answer: A lot.
The city is using about 38 trucks per day during its so-called "blitz" to remove old trashcans, and each truck can hold between 40 and 50 cans, according to DPW spokesman Linda Grant.
DPW says it doesn't know exactly how many trash cans still need to be picked up, but before the blitz even started it had retrieved 60,000 bins. If, in all, DPW needs to pick up 100,000 cans, that would mean it needs more than 2,200 truckloads of old cans to finish the job.
I detailed how the city botched its trashcan pickup plan in an article in this week's paper. DPW says it underestimated how many people would want to dispose of their old bins. It hasn't said how many it anticipates collecting in total.
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