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San Jose to Consider Larger Trash Cans to Fix Recycling Troubles

San Jose to Consider Larger Trash Cans to Fix Recycling Troubles

Some residents could start seeing larger trash bins at the curb early next year, the latest push from City Hall to reduce the tons of garbage being incorrectly stuffed in recycling bins.

It's one of many steps city leaders are proposing to help reverse a slump in recycling rates among homeowners and reduce contamination. The City Council will consider the ideas next month.

The city's Recycle Plus curbside collection program recently came under fire after a city audit uncovered some alarming trends: Recycling rates among single-family homes dropped from 36 percent in 2008 to 27 percent in 2014, not an encouraging trend for a city with a "zero waste" goal of 100 percent landfill diversion by 2022.

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