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Residents Frustrated By Lack of Street Recycling in D.C.

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Many District residents are upset over the lack of recycling cans on D.C. streets. But the problem is worse than many realize.

Aaron Dickerson is a tennis instructor. He moved here from Indiana, and says he was surprised at the lack of street recycling.

There are 4,500 trash cans on District streets but only 35 recycling cans. They are concentrated around the Capitol Hill and downtown area.

Linda Grant, spokesperson for the Department of Public Works says 18 tons of recycled materials have been collected from those cans in one year. She says her department is studying what works. When Grant was asked why the District didn't just use implement best practices developed by another U.S. city, she said she "doesn't have information about that."

Charlotte White, another D.C. resident who's standing in front of a trash can overflowing with plastic bottles and soda cans, says the nation's capital should set a better example. Grant says public space recycling is not in the budget so there are no plans to expand the program in the city.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...

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