“Anne Arundel County has spotlighted residential recycling through TV and print ads, mailers, contests and even free recycling bins for all residents,” according to county spokesman David Abrams. “We saw a big jump in single-stream rates, which now average 26 percent -- a ten point bump.”
Not bad. But the new, improved rate is still barely halfway toward the 50 percent mark. What if government tried even harder to inform and encourage people to recycle? Neighborhood contests, with prizes? Charging for waste collection by pound? Follow Pittsburgh, San Diego and San Francisco's lead and make residential recycling mandatory?