Since Mayor Nutter took office in 2008, the recycling rate in Philadelphia has nearly tripled. South Philadelphia has been particularly successful and is now recycling close to 25 percent of its waste stream. Neighborhoods in North Philadelphia and the lower Northeast, which historically have had diversion rates as low as 1 to 3 percent, are now in the range of 10 to 15 percent. With everyone’s help, we’re well on our way to our Greenworks goals of reaching a 20 percent diversion rate by 2011 and 25 percent by 2015.
April 12 marked the first week of Recycling Rewards collections in West Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, University City, Overbrook, Mantua, and Elmwood. With the Recycling Rewards program, recycling in Philadelphia benefits residents, stimulates local businesses, and saves taxpayers money. In the second quarter of 2010 the City gets paid $25 a ton for your recyclables in addition to saving the $65 a ton charge it would have to pay to landfill the materials.
The Recycling Rewards roll-out schedule for the rest of the summer is:
May 2010: Center City and South Philadelphia
June 2010: Northeast Philadelphia
July 2010: Northwest Philadelphia
For more information about the Recycling Rewards Program, and to sign-up for a rewards account, please visit http://www.PhillyRecyclingPAYS.com or call the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Customer Affairs Unit at 1-888-769-7960.