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Weho Switching to 1-Can Recycling Containers

The city is going to start running all of its garbage through an automated sorter that will bear the brunt of sorting recyclable items out of the mainstream.

West Hollywood is getting rid of its street-side recycling bins, and increasing the percentage of garbage that it diverts from landfills, the city reported Saturday.

One-can recycling containers are being installed on the sidewalks of Santa Monica Boulevard, the city's principal artery, in February.

West Hollywood is going to start running all of its garbage through an automated sorter that will bear the brunt of sorting recyclable items out of the mainstream. The system will be monitored by a human.

Recycle-goods-only cans will be removed, and replaced by 31 general purpose street-side cans. The sorting system will even separate paper by grade for reuse.

Stickers boasting that "more than 85 percent of the City of West Hollywood's street-side garbage is recycled" will then be plastered on the sidewalk garbage cans, the city announced.

Insider February 03, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Good luck picking up recycling before the bums get to it.
Pat Dixon February 03, 2013 at 04:54 PM
What a wonderful idea. I am sure it will work wll.
me February 03, 2013 at 06:06 PM
why just santa monica blvd???
Ali February 03, 2013 at 11:42 PM
@Insider - Yes, the homeless and other scavengers usually get to the recycling first, but I don't think it is proper to call them "bums". Some of these people make a living scavenging and are not homeless at all.
jimmy palmieri February 04, 2013 at 11:03 AM
INSIDER THAT IS SO OFFENSIVE AND JUVENILE. I CANNOT BELIEVE ANYONE WITH HALF A HEART WOULD REFER TO AN INDIGENT PERSON WHO IS NEED OF PENNIES FROM BOTTLES OR CANS AS BUMS. My hope for you is that this will never happen to you in your lifetime. And trust me, I have seen the mighty fall, so do not for a minute think you are immune from it.
George Martin February 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM
It costs the City money to pick up garbage and they pay for some of this with the money they get from recyclables. The basura banditos are STEALING. It's a crime, and the Sheriff will arrest them if they catch them. As Ali pointed out, some of these people are very organized, working in rings and dividing territories. (The guy in my neighborhood just bought a new pickup.) This is a quality of life issue, too. They wake people up in the middle of the night with crashing bottles and cans, and don't care what kind of a garbage mess they leave behind. I've had some very rough times in my life, but I didn't steal.
jimmy palmieri February 04, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Yes I have heard of the recycled cans and bottle cartels. I think they are a spinoff of the drug cartel. STEALING cans and bottles, and terrorizing people with their unregistered plastic bags. JUST SAY OUT LOUD THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE SOMEONE THAT IS IN A LESS FORTUNATE POSITION THAN YOU , IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
me February 04, 2013 at 06:24 PM
i don't mind them taking the recycling.....shitting in my carport is another story...
George Martin February 04, 2013 at 06:47 PM
You're pretty free with the insults and shrill rants. I haven't insulted you or, in fact, anyone. I can disagree with you without calling you mean or stupid. I expect civilized adults to grant me the same courtesy. If you care that much about the less fortunate and think it's OK for them to steal, prove you're sincere. From now on leave your doors open when you go out.

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