This is from a press release sent out from the Mayor’s Office this morning:
“Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that residential recycling in Philadelphia has reached an all time record with a 46 percent increase in household recycling over the last year. For fiscal year 2009 (July 2008 – June 2009) the Streets Department collected 75,060 tons of waste from Philadelphia households, a 23,734 ton increase from last year. The average household with City collection recycled 278 pounds of their waste last year, 88 pounds more than in the previous year. The diversion rate, the amount of residential waste that ends up in recycling compared to trash, reached a record 12.4 percent, an increase of 5.3 percent since Mayor Nutter took office in January 2008. This amounts to saving of $4.8 million in avoided landfill costs.”
Way to go Philadelphia!