Beginning in February, D.C. residents will have the option of doing away with their old garbage and recycling cans.

Mayor Vincent Gray recently announced that he had secured approximately $9 million in funding for the Department of Public Works to distribute new garbage cans and recycling containers to residents who receive trash and recycling collection services from the city.

The effort is another step toward achieving the goal outlined in the Sustainable DC Plan of making the District the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the nation over the next 20 years.

The Sustainable DC Plan attempts to address the present and future challenges in creating jobs in the District, improving residents’ health through clean air and water, and protecting both the local environment and the global climate for future generations.

“I’m glad that we have secured funding so District residents will have new trash and recycling cans,” Gray said in a press release. “We will move forward to make sure all of our residents who use DPW’s garbage and recycling services have new containers for garbage and larger ones for recycling.”


Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO