The National Mall and Memorial Parks' public space recycling program is funded through a generous donation from The Coca-Cola Company, in coordination with the Trust for the National Mall, the National Parks Foundation, and NPS. Over 250 blue bins throughout the National Mall and East and West Potomac Parks collect recyclables from visitors, helping us to divert more than a quarter of our visitors' waste away from the incinerator, thus conserving resources. Recycling messaging and campaigns are designed to increase recycling awareness and use of these bins. In addition, park rangers and volunteers use portable recycling bins to accommodate additional recycling needs during large events, such as the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Independence Day Celebration. We encourage those seeking permits for events at the National Mall to use waste reduction strategies and to provide recycling at their events.
How you can help, at the park and at home: use the blue bins to recycle your bottles and cans; use a reusable water bottle; avoid purchases that create unnecessary waste; compost your organic waste and lawn debris at home
Did You Know?
President Wilson saw Lt. George Boyle off on the first U.S. air mail flight, which left from a field behind the present-day FDR Memorial. After going the wrong way for over 20 miles, Boyle crashed his Curtiss Jenny in a Maryland farm field. On his second attempt, Boyle crashed again. Though Boyle survived, he was not permitted a third attempt.