Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Your Recycling Bin Will Soon Be Bigger

Mayor Vince Gray announced today (to as much fanfare as possible, considering the topic) that the Department of Public Works will start delivering $11.1 million worth of new trash cans and recycling bins to households starting in January.
The cans, known as Supercans, will replace the current bins, many of which are 12 years old. The trash [...]

The Needle: Road Closed Edition

Trash Man Didn't Get the Trash Today: The real world impact of municipal budget cuts isn't always immediately apparent. But one of last fall's decisions may lead to obviously visible—and smellable—results. The D.C. Department of Public Works, facing a $3.9 million cut to its budget last year, decided to stop ordering trash cans and recycling [...]

DPW Cuts Weekly Hazardous Waste, E-Cycling Drop-Offs

Remember that grim fiscal 2011 budget? When the new fiscal year starts in October, the Department of Public Works will cut back on its disposal service for hazardous materials, electronics recycling and document shredding—which has been a convenient and environmentally friendly way to get rid of household materials that shouldn't be thrown in with the [...]

The Friday Limerick Review

Hello again, season of Lent
M. Barry has lots to repent
Like others, he's risen
From death (or from prison)
No matter how sketchy and bent
Kerplunk, went the latest report
Jaw-dropping was Barry's retort
Said Bennett transgressed
And once or twice stressed
Ward 8 as a lame last resort
You know what is totally splendid?
Those days without letters have ended
But junk mail you've gotten
Goes [...]

DPW Responds to Questions About Separation Between Recycling and Trash

Awhile ago, we brought you a story about recycling that routinely gets tossed out with the trash. Well, as you can imagine, we thought this was pretty surprising news: that loads of plastics, paper, bottles and cans dutifully dumped into recycling bins around the city were still ending up at the landfill. The culprits? Some [...]

DPW Nails City Paper After City Paper Nails DPW

Washington City Paper has been slapped with a $50 fine from the D.C. Department of Public Works for "failure to separate recycling from other solid waste" at 2390 Champlain St. NW, the address of the paper's newsroom.
Normally, City Paper wouldn't report on this as news. Except there are several curious things about the citation (view [...]

Kudos to D.C. Recycling!

One of my household duties is to handle all recycling and trash. Monday night I fell down on the job, failing to haul both the trash and recycling containers out to the curb.
Next morning, really early, the recycling truck roars up the street. I am nowhere to be found. Another individual hears the truck [...]

Out with the Trash, In with the Air Pollution?

Did you know that much of the city’s trash is trucked to Fairfax County, where it is incinerated and turned into electricity? According to the Department of Public Works and the “waste-to-energy” industry, it's a "win-win" scenario; the trash disappears and the country reduces its dependence on foreign oil. What could be more patriotic, especially [...]

The New Phonebooks Are Here! Here’s How to Stop Them!

Unless you're a jerk, the yearly arrival of the giant pain in your ass known as the D.C. Superpages is not as welcome as, say, the SI Swimsuit Issue. Fear not, City Deskers! I have the answers!
To get off the delivery list, call 1-800-888-8448. Pick option No. 2. Wait for someone to answer. Tell her [...]