Nice weather brought lots of people to downtown Kent last weekend and besides kicking-back in the new benches downtown visitors also got a chance to show off their “green” by using the new blue recycling containers that were set out just in time for Earth Day.
With all the changes in downtown, the old wooden recycling containers were pulled and we’re just now installing the new versions. The old wooden containers had a great nostalgic look but an ill advised cigarette butt tossed inside would put these out of service for months.
Kent residents on the City’s “Sustainability Commission” hand-picked the new blue containers because they proved successful in other downtowns where it can sometimes be a challenge to get recyclables in but keep garbage out.
The bright blue might not blend downtown but that’s the point — the Commission members were looking for something that stood out so people could find the recycling bins easily and not be confused over whether they were trash bins or recycling bins. There’s no mistaking that bright blue bin.
Also, these containers have a small round opening to let bottles in but hopefully keep other trash out. Recycling in downtowns is always plagued by trash contamination issues so anything we can do to limit the random pizza boxes from being shoved in the better.
These first recycling bins were purchased with the intent of giving them try to make sure they work as planned before investing lots of money to put bins all over only to watch them fail.
Hopefully these will bins will prove as popular as the other changes downtown and we’ll try to build on that success over time.