By C.J. SALGADO
EAST LOS ANGELES –Sometimes size really does matter, at least when it comes to disposing of trash from our homes. Republic Services, which provides waste disposal for unincorporated East Los Angeles, began to offer noticeably larger blue recycle carts at no additional charge as part of a service enhancements that were promoted last summer. Sound good?
I thought so and called in my order after resolving to recycle more. So, I waited after placing my order. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, it was delivered after about two months. Seems the bigger bins were not in stock right away. The good news is that currently the turnaround is quicker to get the new Biggie Blue.
You might think “Who cares?’” about a bigger recycling cart. Well, first, to put it into perspective, consider that the “old” East L.A recycle bin held a paltry 64 gallons while the new Biggie Blue tops out at 96-gallons. The new blue cart matches the size of the existing black cart for household thrash. This last holiday season with all its boxes, wrapping paper, bottles, etc., it sure came in handy.
Things aren’t all rosy, though. One big downer, at least in my mind, is that the new blue cart has plastic hollow tires. The old blue cart has solid rubber tires, which were quieter when being rolled back and forth to the curb. They also seemed to take the load better without deforming as easily.
In addition, one pet peeve about using these larger carts is that scavengers sometimes rummage through them in the wee hours of the night, collecting the recyclable materials before the disposal company can pick them up. It’s not so much that they do that, it’s that some irresponsible ones can leave behind a mess when they dump stuff onto the street or move the cart from where it should be. Is it even worth trying to collect more in the bigger blue carts only to have more goodies to attract scavengers? I suppose it all eventually gets recycled, so I reasoned.
Apparently, however, others might not have agreed with me on the bigger-is-better thing. During a recent informal survey in East L.A., I observed hardly any of the bigger carts for recyclables.
Interested? I wouldn’t mind some company in sticking to my recycling resolution. East L.A. residents can call Republic Services at 800-299-4898 to super size their big blue.