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A Bin in Need of Another Bin?

I took this picture at least two years ago and promptly forgot about it. That is, until I walked out of  over winter break and saw the same thing. True, I don't stop for coffee very often. But with the number of businesses and restaurants on Park Street, not to mention the nearby high school and movie theater, it made me wonder if the bins are like this more often than not. 

Lisbeth Allen January 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I had to laugh at this picture with someone's artistic version of trash disposal, or maybe it's an engineering feat. It's even taller than the car next to it, although that could be the angle. One would think that they could easily set up a system for the coffee cups right by the Peets and Starbucks. I'm sure the cups are neatly arranged inside the coffee shops on special racks, just put similar racks outside also. Pour the liquid out in the gutter, turn the cup upside down and stack them on top of each other. Stack the caps also. Most people want to be conscientious about throwing things away so we're trainable. Otherwise we're just filling garbage bags mostly full with air.
Judy Judy January 23, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Lookie here! This is how they do it Berkeley. Could this work in Alameda? https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/409450_10150708161158998_673733997_12004342_448882201_n.jpg (Courtesy of Colin Vincent, http://www.cvdigital.com/)
Lisbeth Allen January 23, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I still think that since the trash bins right outside the coffee places are filled with 99% coffee cups with their lids on, that we need to address this specific problem. Otherwise, the sky high pile of cups just ends up in another bin.
Jon Spangler November 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
PSBA, as a quasi-public agency that benefits from tax dollars and city income, could be far more transparent and responsive to the the community on a number of fronts, recycling being one of them that is more obvious. The same could be said for the 2011 No Smoking ordinance. I am not optimistic that we will see real recycling on Park Street without a change in PSBA's currently insular and self-serving way of doing business.
Lisbeth Allen November 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Maybe a boy scout can come up with a good solution to this problem, and get credit for it too. It needs a reverse cup dispenser.

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