This is what the garbage containers looked like along 4th Avenue today. So much for the new city recycling program. David’s, Starbucks, 49th Parallel, Whole Foods – everyone of you were littering the street today. The minimum retailers could do is charge a significant fee for the paper and plastic cups to encourage people to bring in their own travel mug. The fee could go to the city to help clean up this mess and to pay for an effective education campaign on recycling and composting. Enlightened business associations like the one in Strathcona are being very proactive about waste management. Time for west side BIAs to get busy.