Blue and green don’t matter if you live in a pink zone

This evening, we got a helpful call from the Philadelphia Streets Department. The bright, cheerful, pre-recorded voice on the line reminded us that tomorrow morning is our recycling day, which I already knew*—even if I continue to wonder about the effects on recycling that may be caused if we have any rush-hour precipitation to start the work week.

The chirpy taped lady also said if we had any further questions about Philly’s recycling program, we could visit the city’s shiny new recycling website.

And, being in need of a post topic for my weekend**, I did.

Now that I’ve seen the opening blurb on the recycling homepage, I’m a little clearer on why the taped reminder-woman was so darn cheerful:

Recycling in Philadelphia? It’s been around for years. And now, we’re making it even better. Why? Because recycling earns Philly money. And the better job we all do, the more funds we can put back into jobs, schools and neighborhoods. How are we making it better? By hearing what you’re saying, what would make recycling a little bit easier on you. Like helping you know what to recycle. When and how to recycle. And what happens when you do recycle.

You see, we’re saving our city when we put out those bottles and cans.***

Anyhow, the new website seems to have the usual array of information and interactive lah-dee-dah. I, for one, am not sure I need to follow the link to play the fun recycling game. However, if you have any doubts about your block’s recycling schedule—including your pick-up day, and even which week it is if you live in one of the many bi-weekly blue/green zones—the site does have a map to help clear that up. Click the link for the recycling calendar, and you can find your way from there.

Though if the chirpy tape-woman keeps calling every Sunday, I may never need to use the map on my own behalf…

* For the first place, I knew that already. For the second place, we got this same reminder call last Sunday night.

** Yes, I’m livin’ large. Real rap dawg.

*** I’d suggest hanging onto those newspapers until the next less-soggy pickup day. But that’s just me.

5 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    The thing that bugs me about Philadelphia recycling, is that somehow my apartment building is exempt. They don’t collect any paper, and obviously we couldn’t have everyone in the building carrying their stuff out and leaving it at the curb. So I end up saving my paper and taking it to Trinity’s collection days at 22nd and Spruce on the 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month.


  2. jen (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    my apartment complex ignores recycling, which i think may be illegal. we drag our own stuff out to the curb when everyone else does and hope for the best. they don’t recycle plastic, though, which is ridiculously backwards. the craptacular recycling program is one of my least favorite things about phila. oh, and i do live in a pink zone! really!


  3. Matt (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

    > ** Yes, I’m livin’ large. Real rap dawg.

    Word up, homey!

    Anyway. What kills me is that everyone around us has their recycling picked up by the city except for us. Our house has to dump its recycling into bins owned by its community, which are always full. I never thought I’d be *wishing* I was at the mercy of Philadelphia city services…


  4. Joe S. (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 12:57 am

    If recycling is so important why is it not in every neighborhood? Why is it every other week?
    Correct me if I am wrong but West Philly has no recycling pick-up.
    You have certainly struck a nerve with your post.


  5. Sherri W. (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    According to the map/schedule, West Philly is on the bi-weekly “Blue Week” schedule—since I live in a different neighborhood myself, I can’t speak with any authority about whether that schedule is adhered to. And honestly, I’m not sure that bi-weekly is necessarily a bad thing—I imagine the cost-benefit of mantaining fewer trucks for larger pick-ups runs drives that model.

    Marisa, I think you, Matt and I are caught in what I call the “condo clause” for recycling and trash pickup. I heard somewhere that those of us in condos are somehow exempt from receiving those services, though I’ve never seen it confirmed in any official location, nor do I understand why that would be the case.

    Hmmm. Maybe I need to make a follow-up call to the recycling hotline…..



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