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Feet on the Street Recycle Cart Tagging Program (July & Aug 2022)

Last week, the City applied updated stickers to curbside recycling carts, advising residents of recent changes in materials that can be collected curbside

https://www.a2elnel.com/post/recycling-cart-stickers-and-changes-to-materials-collected-june-2022


In July and August of 2022, the City will be launching the "Feet on the Street" campaign. Postcards were mailed last week about this initiative, and more information is available on the City's recycling website:

https://www.a2gov.org/departments/trash-recycling/Pages/Recycling.aspx



From that website:

Conducted with the assistance of The Recycling Partnership and through its membership in the Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority (WRRMA), the City of Ann Arbor will launch the “Feet on the Street" cart tagging recycling initiative - a community wide initiative to improve the quality of recycling in single-stream curbside recycling carts​ by providing residents personalized and real-time curbside recycling education and feedback.


Observation and tagging

  • July 11 to August 5, cart-tagging staff, wearing high-visibility vests, will look at each cart while it is at the curb prior to it being emptied by the recycling truck. They will quickly lift the lid, look inside the cart and then use their findings to provide individualized feedback as needed.

  • ​If the cart-tagger sees something in the recycling cart that does not belong, an orange “oops" tag will be placed on the cart with clear feedback on how to fix it.

  • If material that is not recyclable is found in the cart on a future visit, the​ cart will be tagged with a red tag and will not be serviced until the contamination is removed. The tagger will also turn the cart to help drivers identify to not service the cart.

  • After the second or third pass, another postcard will be sent to all residents in single-family homes with educational information about the items that were most prevalent and problematic.​



I have reprinted images of the orange and red "oops" tags below: