An media statement from city officials positions Alameda “at the forefront in bringing both recycling and organics collection to its most popular public areas.” However, residents might ask what took them so long – an annual report from the federal Environmental Protection Agency shows that, overall, recycling and composting rates of U.S. municipal solid waste moved sharply upwards in the late 1990s.
Nevertheless, the public works department has worked with a specialty contractor to design and create 20 containers for cit parks, and a separate firm for 30 receptacles in business districts and ferry terminals.
The containers were paid for through a $78,800 state grant received by the public works department in 2014. The new bins were installed over the last two years.
Recyclables go in the blue bins, and includes bottles, cans, yogurt tubs, clean paper, cracker boxes, clean cartons, and coffee cup lids. No film plastic or styrofoam is allowed.
The dark green containers are for organics and compost items. These include food scraps and food-soiled paper. Examples are paper coffee cups, pizza boxes, napkins, paper take-out containers, wooden chopsticks, milk cartons, facial tissue, and paper sandwich wrappers.