On the same evening I photographed the Fortuneteller, I also snapped these shots by Piazza Vittorio. I’ve heard a lot of people in Rome grumble about how there aren’t enough recycling bins, etc. but this actually an aspect of the city I’m very impressed with. When I lived in Boston, I do not recall anything like this, certainly no public recycling with easy access. Maybe it’s changed since I was there.
Now let me explain, these receptacles are all over the city. Ok so you won’t see as many in the tiny streets of the historical center, but I can think of at least 3 sets within a block of my office in the center. How does trash collection work? Basically, you are responsible for bringing your own trash and recycling out to these bins and then AMA (Rome’s trash collection service) comes by and picks them up. Yes, sometimes you see them overflowing, but for the most part I am impressed with how often they are emptied. The green bins are for general non-recyclable trash. Blue bins are for plastic, glass, and metal. White bins are for paper. Isn’t that easy? It makes it difficult to NOT recycle in my opinion. In some area a tiny little AMA truck (it looks like a toy trash truck!) rides around on specific days and will pick up designated black trash bags with the AMA logo. At that time they’ll also distribute more bags if you need them. I think they do this for the areas of the historic center where they don’t want to put the large bins.
And there you have it…more then you ever wanted to know about Roman trash collection. I had a fun time using the bins as a basis for a few different compositions, as you’ll see above.
In blog news, I’m picking up my enlargements for my show at Gloss on January 23 tonight. I’m excited and nervous to see how they come out! There’s also some other fun news with the blog coming up that I’ll announce as it happens, but I must say I’m really excited how people are responding so far.
I also have to thank Caitlin at Roaming Tales who wrote and told me that she nominated me for a 2009 Bloggie Award in the Best Photo Blog category. I’m supremely flattered! Everyone should go out and nominate their favorite blogs (hint hint!). No seriously, it’s kind of fun (either that or I really am becoming a supreme nerd). Ballots are due January 12 so vote before then.
Buon weekend a tutti!