What NOT to Leave at Your Curb on Recycling Day

Dear Fringecrest Neighbor,

Recycling is important to our community. As is getting a brand new flat-screen-Vizeo-plasmatic-97-inch-TV so you can watch local programming in high-def.

However, when you leave your hugenormous new TV box outside on recycling day for the entire world to see, you're just asking for trouble.

Perhaps your TV is too big for a burglar to even consider filching, or perhaps you have a dozen rottweilers, but in case you don't, I suggest a trip to the community recycling bins for those high-ticket item boxes - might save you some difficulties down the road.

Sincerely, A Neighborly Neighbor

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Tags: High-Def, Recycling, TV

Comment by mombat on June 4, 2008 at 2:35pm
Aren't you supposed to break down large boxes anyway, thus disguising the contents and making it easier for the guys in the yellow truck?
But I agree that it could be advertising for thieves.
Comment by Alexis on June 4, 2008 at 3:30pm
Good point mombat. Here's a link about putting out your recycling from the City.
Comment by missy on June 4, 2008 at 4:19pm
wonderful post--i always wondered about the logic (or lack thereof) of leaving out that kind of evidence. summer is here and crime is up--be careful!
Comment by Birdy-O on June 4, 2008 at 5:17pm
Having just moved to the Nob Hill area a scant 3 days ago I am puzzled over the recycling in ABQ. Are we to provide our own recycling container? While walking the beast this morning I didn't see much evidence of that... or much evidence of recycling in general. Any suggestions on the best manner to present recycling to the curbside?
Comment by NMBosque on June 4, 2008 at 5:24pm
Ah! Thanks for the link Alexis. I've been minimizing recyclables, but the containers are getting full and this is exactly the info I needed... BTW, fun seeing into you in hood yesterday - good luck with the running group!
Comment by Alexis on June 4, 2008 at 5:30pm
Welcome to the the hood-adjacent-to-my-hood Birdy-O.

I take my recycling to one of City Drop-Off Points because it's just easier for me that way. But that's just me. Here's the City info about Curbside Recycling. I keep hearing rumors of recycling bins provided by the City, and I recall a pilot program somewhere, but haven't heard anything since?

Anyone, Anyone?
Comment by Rita on June 4, 2008 at 6:21pm
The practice of delivering cardboard boxes to the local recycling center is also highly recommended that day after Christmas as well.... :-)
Comment by Robyn on June 4, 2008 at 8:14pm
I'm dying for the recycling bins to come into use. I am proud that I recycle so much of my stuff, but it's sometimes so heavy for me to carry my tub outside, and I'm young and healthy. If I had a bad back or were elderly, I wouldn't bother. And then if it rains, everything is a soggy mess. I really, really hope for those rolly bins someday.

Birdy-O, I just use a plastic tub, like the kind you use to store stuff in your garage. Leave the lid off. I just put everything I can fit into it and they dump it and leave the bin by your curb. Anything that doesn't fit, I bag and put next to it.
And, you're right, it doesn't seem many people take advantage of the curbside recycling. I only notice one other home recycling curbside in my neighborhood.
Comment by Raine K. on June 4, 2008 at 8:21pm
The recycling program here does seem kind of hit and miss - you really have to make an effort to recycle. I'm from Seattle and recycling is practically a religion there - and the city provides every household with three bins - so you can sort your recyclables easily. ABQ could really learn from them. That said I live in the Nob Hill area and I would say almost everyone on my street recycles.
Comment by Dan McKay on June 4, 2008 at 9:10pm
Alexis, the city has tried a pilot program that provides recycling bins to some neighborhoods on the West Side, and the participation has been good. But providing the bins citywide would result in a garbage-rate increase, partly because the extra recycling would overwhelm the city's plant and require upgrades there.

It's an issue I suspect the mayor and City Council will be debating this year -- whether they want to raise rates to expand recycling.

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