If You Place
The Bins There, They Will Be Used
It was an experiment
to be sure, and nobody really knew if it would work or not.
volume of tourist traffic that descends on Lighthouse Beach in
the summer, it only made sense to offer recycling options at
that popular location.
By the end
of June a pair of modest containers were stationed at the top
of the stairs leading to the beach -- one for recyclable plastic,
the other for recyclable aluminum cans.
Within a day,
it was immediately apparent what a great idea it was. Cans and
bottles were literally spilling out of the containers, graphic
testimony that it wasn't only wise to offer recycling options
at this remote location, but that once offered, the general population
would enthusiastically recycle what they brought with them to
figures aren't in yet, but anyone who has ventured to Lighthouse
Beach and seen both local residents and visiting beach goers
utilizing the recycling containers can't help but feel good that
Chatham is indeed making a proactive effort to do the right thing
by making recycling the easy and natural option.
that the pilot recycling program at Lighthouse Beach recycling
has indeed become an overnight success, but now it's time to
that we should place larger containers (or more standard recycling
bins) at Lighthouse Beach to be able to accommodate the volume
of recyclables generated at the location during the peak summer
months. Since this is a pilot program, special attention should
be spent anticipating the level of success if similar recycling
containers were placed at Ridgeway and Hardings Beach, and
hopefully at one or two locations within the downtown business
to recycle -- the increased participation at the town recycling
center and the Lighthouse Beach pilot program clearly attest
Lighthouse Beach can handle the volume of recyclables seems essential
and the lessons learned from the pilot program will make expansion
of remote recycling easier to initiate.
be known as Cape Cod's most 'recycling-friendly' town -- if we
just take things one bin at a time.
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