After dinner last night at a local tavern, I asked the waiter for a container to carry homeÂ our leftovers.Â Â He promptlyÂ returned withÂ aÂ No. 5 plasticÂ container (damn!).Â Â Have you ever looked at the carry-out containersÂ youÂ receive from your localÂ restaurants?Â Â Are theyÂ made of a recyclable material?Â Are theyÂ made of a recyclable material that the city you live in will actually recycle?Â
According to the District of Columbia Office of Recycling, âcarry-out containersâ are not allowed in recycling bins.Â I propose that we petition the City Council to pass a law requiring either the Office of Recycling to accept and recycle carry-out containers or that all restauranters or vendors using carry-out containers must find a container that will be accepted and recycled by the Office of Recycling.Â
What happens in your city?
Ruth Long, MA, MPH is a research associate with the GWU School of Public Health & Health Services.Â She lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and toddler.