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Philadelphia increased recycling 155%; Broke all-time Records
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Philadelphia increased recycling 155%; Broke all-time Records

Although we’re a little wary of the sentiment and orgs behind of America Recycles Day, the Streets Department celebrated recycling on Thursday with a few groundbreaking announcements.

Commissioner for Philadelphia Streets Department David Perri announced that Philadelphia broke recycling records. During the 2014 fiscal year, a grand total of 20.55% (128,000 tons) of city’s waste was diverted from landfills, collected from curbside recycling, city buildings & public spaces. That’s a 155% increase in recycling since 2008, right around when Mayor Nutter began his reign in office and created Greenworks.

As Perri said,

 “Our diversion rate shows that residents are onboard, they’re recycling at record levels and that now is the time to recycle smarter.”

Philadelphia Streets Commissioner David Perri
Streets Department Commission David Perri at Press Conference

The curbside recycling program includes over 525,000 households. Since 2008, the city’s increased recycling to weekly (Remember when it was every other week?! Brutal!), launched single-stream, added cardboard and all plastics to recycling bins, and implemented rewards with Recyclebank. Waste Watchers at the Philadelphia Marathon have recycled and composted 86% of waste from the 2013 Marathon.

Philly will continue to implement new recycling programs like Hunting Park Recycles, an effort to increase outreach targeting specific neighborhoods, new convenience centers (Strawberry Mansion) and city partnerships.

What do you think of Philadelphia’s recycling rates?

ReCommunity Philadelphia
ReCommunity tabling at Thursday’s press conference

 

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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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