Annapolis began its first curbside recycling program early yesterday.
In the Admiral Heights neighborhood, three men emptied plastic bins full of bottles and cans into a trailer hooked to the back of a city dump truck.
By 11 a.m., they had finished emptying bins left out by residents of about half of the neighborhood's 675 homes.
"It went absolutely great," said Frank Biba, assistant to the chief of operations of the public works department.
Admiral Heights is the only city neighborhood participating in the program, a pilot for an eventual citywide curbside recycling effort. The city will collect in the neighborhood on Wednesdays.