I just moved to Houston - which is like the 4th largest city in the USA - and I cannot believe how absolutely pathetic the recycling is here.
I grew up in Syracuse, NY. A modest city in central NY, and sometime in the early 90's, the city and suburbs around it gave 2 blue bins to every single residence in the greater Syracuse area for recycling. The garbage truck came on Tuesday, then a separate recyclables truck came Wednesday. That was 20 years ago.
How is it, that now, recycling is not ubiquitous? Not just in cities, but across the entire country
- nay, the entire goddamn world
Wait, I know why... $$$$$$. Cities or counties or towns or whatever will say "we can't afford to pay people to go around and pick them up, or for new trucks, or for disposal of them." What a crime. Also what a bunch of BS.
We moved from Knoxville, which had ample curbside pickup for residences, but also a fair amount of public drop-off centers given the size of it being a relatively small city.
Houston is HUGE, but the number of facilities is small, and they are far from convenient for 90% of the cities population. Here's a map of them, it's ridiculous: http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/recycling_map.html
I can't believe sheer laziness and apathy (not just of the people in charge of setting up programs like this) but also of the general population continues to destroy the planet.