We often find that we have so much more recycling than garbage. I got a message about this very issue from Alex up in the Tenleytown area:
I'm new to DC.
Our recycling bin seems to always fill up way faster than our
trash bin. It's one of those mini-supercans, or whatever....
much smaller than the trash can.
How do I get a bigger recycling bin /can? Or at least can I
get two of the small ones? Do I have to pay extra?
The DC Office of Recycling sent me this very helpful response:
The District provides 32 gallon blue carts, and your acquaintance can order a 2nd one, per available stock.
Rest assured our agency appreciates our community's interest in larger recycling receptacles. Both cost and uniformity of service (many homes cannot accommodate larger bins) will be factors in any future changes to the system.
District Residents in city-serviced homes (3 units or less), receiving curbside or alley way collection, can call The Mayor's Citywide Call Center, dialing 311 or 737-4404 (if not phoning from a 202 exchange).
There is no fee to receive an extra recycling bin at this time.
You can find this information on the Department of Public Works website.
Over here on Capitol Hill, we don't have much space for a bigger or second bin, so it might be great someday to have two recycling pick-ups per week and only one trash pick-up. We can always hope, no? Thanks to the DC Office of Recycling for this helpful information!