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Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo: Bring More Recycling, Ads to Streets

Plus information on the continuing decrease in federal funding for affordable housing.

Would you tolerate more advertising in the city if it meant convenient recycling receptacles on city sidewalks?

That’s what Councilor at-large Felix Arroyo proposed Wednesday at this week’s Boston City Council meeting.

Arroyo, who lives on Wachusett Street in JP, said he recently visited Chicago, where he found recycling bins positioned with street trash cans. Upon further investigation, he said, he found out that the bins were provided and cleaned by a private company at no cost to the city. In exchange, the company places family-friendly advertising on the bins.

He called it a “no brainer” to bring this kind of program to Boston—whether it be with the company that operates in Chicago or with another firm.

The council supported the idea, which has been referred to committee, but it also brought back an old discussion.

Councilor Robert Consalvo, who had previously suggested that the city should raise funds by placing advertising on city web sites, needs to “respectfully harness the power of advertising.”

Consalvo repeated his assertion that doing so could bring into the city’s general fund.

Other business:

The council approved the acceptance of $23 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to be used for housing-related needs, including $16 million for community development block grants.

Consalvo noted that the $16 million number represented a 9 percent decrease from the department’s previous year funding, and a 50 percent decrease in its annual funding since 1975.

The council was also visited by Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, who the council for declaring April 25 Fenway Park Day in Boston.

tucker walsh April 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM
awesome idea. Been waiting for/asking about recycling on Centre for a couple years.
Maura April 26, 2012 at 03:24 AM
yup. do it.
William Dawes April 27, 2012 at 01:37 PM
More Corporatism is not progress. Fascism is the merger of the State and Corporations, where the State has the upper hand and controls the industries, as under Mussolini. Corporatism is the merger of the State and Corporations, where the Corporations have the upper hand and controls the mechanisms of the State, as we presently have in the United States. Do we really need to inflict more advertising on the residents of Boston, simply so we can have our recyclable garbage processed? Is the government of the City of Boston so inept, financially wasteful, incompetent, and disorganized that they cannot perform this service themselves? Does Felix Arroyo really believe that the City of Boston does not currently collect enough taxes and fees to do this? As an alternative, couldn't we eliminate the wasteful spending and corruption in our government so that the funds could be freed up to do this? What other primary services of government would Mr. Arroyo like to turn over to Corporations? Isn't this an admittance that our current government is not functioning, even at its most basic services? Perhaps instead of foisting more advertisements on the populace, Mr. Arroyo could simply have a Corporate logo or name tattooed on his forehead as payment for their recycling services. If this is "progressive" thinking, it appears indistinguishable from outright surrender to the Corporations.
fernando July 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
the city will bend over backwards to collect taxes and fees no matter what the consequences, even if it means more advertising.

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