I’m jealous of my parent’s recycling tote. When the town of Amherst, in Erie County, switched their waste management vendor last year they got a brand new recycling tote. While they opted for the smallest tote, it still has a 35 gallon capacity as well as a lid. It basically looks like a slightly smaller version of their regular garbage tote. My small recycling totes are always overflowing.
When Amherst switched to the new vendor they also switched to single stream recycling which means my parents can put all their recyclables into the tote without having to sort them into separate bins. In the Rochester area most people have two recycling bins: one for paper products and the other for items like glass bottles and jars, tin cans and plastic containers. This is because the Monroe County Recycling Center is a dual-stream facility that requires the materials to be pre-sorted.
According to this article on the 13 WHAM website, Waste Management will be converting the Monroe County Center over to a single stream recycling facility in the next couple of years. While it will take a while, I’ll be waiting with bated breath hoping to get a new recycling bin that will actually hold everything I intend to recycle.