Thousands of plastic trash bins the District had promised to recycle have, instead, gone to a landfill — at least for now.
Adding to the outrage, some see election-year politics as a reason for the rushed — and misconceived — effort to replace the city’s trash and recycling receptacles.
“The mayor decided he was going to do it all at once before the [Democratic primary] election,” says Councilmember Mary Cheh, Ward 3.
A council committee had budgeted for new cans, but its plan involved a five-year process for the roll out.
“The throwing away of these trash cans just illustrates how you shouldn’t go out there and just do something right away, without thinking, spending lots and lots of money to make up for the mistakes made along the way,” she says.