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Mayor Gray Announces Funding Approval for New Garbage Cans

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mayor Gray Announces Funding Approval for New Garbage Cans

Distribution of New Garbage Cans and Larger Recycling Cans Set to Begin in February

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced that he had secured funding for the Department Public Works (DPW) to begin distributing new Supercans and other garbage and recycling containers to residents who receive trash and recycling collection services from DPW. The approximately $9 million in funds will allow DPW to move forward with distribution of the cans beginning next month.

“I’m glad that we have secured funding so District residents will have new trash and recycling cans,” said Mayor Gray. “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.”

Mayor Gray noted that by increasing capacity for residents to recycle, the District takes a significant step toward achieving the Sustainable DC Plan’s target of diverting 80 percent of the waste stream through recycling, composting, and waste conversion.

More than 10 years have passed since the District’s supply of Supercans was refreshed. Proper containerization of trash is a major defense against rats and other pests.