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Profiling municipal waste departments in cities around the United States reveals service offerings increasingly geared toward the unique leanings of a city’s residents, but also some common threads.
Each municipal solid waste and recycling operation is as unique as the cities and citizens that they serve. Politics, community character, geography and a range of other variables provide local public-sector departments with distinct challenges and opportunities. In what follows, we look at four cities and how officials in each approach recycling and waste management in their hometowns. Seattle Seattle has a reputation for being one of the greenest cities in America. Its overall was