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Easy Sustainability Answers

If your community picked up your trash less often, would you create less trash?

Adriene Hill Aug 11, 2010

Easy Answer: The city of Seattle might try to find out.

Seattle is considering a pilot program that would reduce trash pickup for some residents to every other week, according to reports. It could save the city money if it works. But, will it? Will people to recycle and compost more? And throw out less? Or will the city of Seattle become super smelly?

According to an article in the Seattle P-I, the pilot program would involve about 800 customers.

The idea is that families who’s garbage is picked up only twice a month will be more likely to try to get rid of their trash in other ways, by recycling or composting; better to start a compost pile for your food waste then let food scraps sit and rot for two weeks in a trash can.

What do you think? Good idea? Or not so much?

Photo credit: Flickr user p0ps Harlow.

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