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Should Town & Country Center have public recycling?

Original post made by Richard Hackmann on Mar 1, 2010

I was happy to see that my letter to the editor urging public recycling in public places such as Town & Country Center was published in the Palo Alto Weekly on Friday; however, I would like to know if my fellow residents agree with me that there is a need for more public recycling bins at such places. I look forward to your responses.

Comments (11)

Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Who is going to pay for the equipment/receptacles? Who is going to pay rent to T&C or other centers for giving up some of their space? Who is going to keep the area clean of the inevitable trash that comes with a recycling center?

We have a recycling center already. If you've been there, then you would know that it isn't all that attractive - very functionable, but not attractive or clean. I don't see how an upscale shopping center like T&C would want to have such a set up in their now-affluent set of shops.


Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I don't think Richard meant for T&C to be a recycling center, I'm assuming he meant to have containers to deposit recyclables (like a place to put your empty soda can from CVS). All that would mean was another can next to existing garbage cans - not a big space problem.

And I think it is a terrific idea!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Any place that sells food or drink should be required to provide trash cans and recycling cans outside and this should not just be at T & C, but all over PA.


Posted by R Wray, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Recycling (except possibly for aluminum cans) is waste of time and energy. T & C certainly should not be forced to provide recycling. It's up to them if they want to voluntarily do it for some reason.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

If enough customers ask the management directly, I'm sure they will do it. Putting recycling bins next to the public trash cans can't add much cost.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

If you're only talking about recycling bins in place or next to trash bins, that's different than what I was talking about - those should be encouraged.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I've noticed airports like SFO typically have in their food courts one tall narrow waste container for waste and one for recyclables.


Posted by Susan, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Does anyone know if the Town and Country waste is separated downstream? Does the hauler bring it somewhere that pulls out aluminum, paper, plastic etc?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

How about going back to single stream waste? Instead of three containers and three truck trips, chuck it all into one bin, one trip. Compact the waste into sealed containers, then by truck and train take them to central facilities where they are sorted into reusable, combustible and compostable.


Posted by Nancy, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

There certainly should be recycle bins adjacent to all trash containers, but that is up to Town & Country. Consider the expense they would incur. Couldn't Richard just taken the bottle home and recycled it there? Or how about he give up water in plastic bottles and purchase a nice reusable water bottle – wouldn't that be the environmentally pc thing to do? Makes me wonder if he also goes into Peet's and uses the disposal cups. Then he will want a compost container also!


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Some folk have more productive thinks to do than picking garbage. The whole new age coprofilia is more an initiation into Gaia than a necessary public service.


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