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Recycling Dumpsters Completely Block Sidewalk, Hopefully Just Temporarily

September 17, 2013 Environment, Featured, South City, Walkability 2 Comments

I’m a huge advocate of recycling. I also know making it easier will get more people to recycle. But that convenience shouldn’t come at the expense of walkability. Unfortunately that’s what happened in south St. Louis recently.

Trying to reach Chippewa along Clifton Ave behind Target I encountered a big blue obstacle blocking the sidewalk.
Trying to reach Chippewa along Clifton Ave behind Target I encountered a big blue obstacle blocking the sidewalk.
I had to go off into the grass to get around the bins. Not all wheelchairs/scooters are as capable. Someone walking with a cane or walker would have trouble walking on the grass.
I had to go off into the grass to get around the bins. Not all wheelchairs/scooters are as capable. Someone walking with a cane or walker would have trouble walking on the grass.
The six recycling bins, oriented to the street, viewed from across Clifton Ave
The six recycling bins, oriented to the street, viewed from across Clifton Ave

It wasn’t until  this point in writing this post that I realized the dumpsters probably sit on the road most of the time, they likely got moved to the sidewalk while Clifton Ave was being resurfaced. I’m going to verify with city officials to ensure this was only temporary.

— Steve Patterson

 

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  1. samizdat says:

    Depending on the weather this week, my guess is that this street will be paved by Friday.

     
  2. moe says:

    I’m not going to address the bins on the sidewalks since you have. However, I’m glad that the City has made recycling available to all residents, and that it is paying off!!! We need to convince more and more people to recycle. If not for them, for the environment. I know for a fact that some of our neighbors do not recycle, yet go to the trash dumpster to dump their trash which sits directly next to the recycle dumpster. “Too much trouble” is the typical response. And in Sweden, they have a trash shortage because they recycle nearly everything and use the real trash for energy production.

     

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