While I was talking to Stephen Grealy, the San Diego city official who oversees waste reduction programs, for my story today, he mentioned a tidbit worth passing along.

City residents can get a second recycling bin for free. You just have to ask, and you have to be willing to pick it up.

Most cities in California offer weekly recycling pickup. Not in San Diego, where pickup happens every two weeks. (Those other cities charge residents a direct fee for trash and recycling service; in San Diego, the city provides the service and funds it through general tax revenues.)

The biweekly pickup here often results in overflowing recycling bins. Around 1999 or 2000, Grealy said the city considered instituting weekly pickup, though doing so would have cost between $3 million and $4 million — an old estimate that has likely increased.

But if your recycling bin is overflowing, the city will give you a second bin, gratis. If you want one, call 858.694.7000.


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