We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

Last week, Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s DPW recycling trucks never came by, leaving me with a blue bucket full of cardboard, cans, and bottles. If you recall, last week was a “slide” week, in the clever lexicon of DPW. There was a holiday on Monday, Emancipation Day, and so my normal pickup day—-Thursday—-was supposed to “slide” to Friday. Well, it slid right on into the weekend and beyond. And after yesterday, this whole recycling thing is just sliding out of control. My bin and those of my neighbors were still full as of this morning, meaning that another skedded pickup day had been missed. The only ones who win are dog walkers, who have a lot of at-the-ready receptacles for their bags of dog crap.