The City of Indianapolis, in partnership with the Mass Ave. Merchants Association, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. and Schmidt Associates, announced today that ten new pedestrian recycling bins have been installed along Massachusetts Avenue, one of the city's six cultural districts. The announcement was made in celebration of America Recycles Day.
"We feel this is a perfect location for the bins given the proximity of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and all the shoppers, diners and residents around Mass Ave.," said Office of Sustainability Director Kären Haley. "Now, instead of throwing their soda cans or their water bottles into the trash, these people can recycle them as they walk along Mass Ave."
The pedestrian recycling bins were designed by Chris Foster, an emerging local metal artist and welder. The bins are designed to take aluminum and plastic bottles and cans in individual quantities. The closest drop-off location for larger quantities of recyclables is the Marketplace at Lockerbie, located at 320 N. New Jersey St.
A public-private partnership between the City of Indianapolis, the Mass Ave. Merchants Association, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indianapolis Recycled Fiber and Schmidt Associates made the bins possible.
"We've been extremely pleased with the partnerships formed to bring this project to life," said Kristin Kohn, Co-Leader of the Mass Ave. Merchants Association. "We hope this can serve as a successful public-private partnership for other communities interested in bringing pedestrian recycling to their streets."
Downtown Indianapolis already has a number of pedestrian recycling bins. Broad Ripple, another one of the city's cultural districts, will see the next wave of bins as a result of ReArtFormation II, a recycled art competition.
Source: Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Press release 11.11.08)