Recycling Policy Meets Reality in Princeton

DSC04950By Steve Hiltner

There’s policy, and then there’s reality. A recent posting by the county in the local paper stated what has been stated many times before in multiple media, that recyclables put on the curb in plastic bags will not be picked up

In practice, the bagged recyclables are picked up, and though the bags may cause some problems at the sorting plant, occasionally getting tangled in the machinery, the inconvenience is apparently not enough to trigger any enforcement of the policy.

Enforcement might entail leaving the bagged items on the curb, with a note explaining why they weren’t picked up. But that would slow down the crews and require additional staff time by office employees to handle ensuing complaints from homeowners.  Click to continue