PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 21, 2012- Today, the Philadelphia Streets Department and Parks & Recreation launched a pilot program that expands recycling to outdoor spaces throughout parks and recreation center properties inNorthwest Philadelphia. The pilot program launched at an outdoor celebration atSimonRecreationCenter today. Recycling is already available inside recreation centers and now, the city has arranged for recycling receptacles and pickup in the outdoor areas of:
- Awbury Recreation Center:6101 Ardleigh Street,Philadelphia,PA19138
- Finley Recreation Center:1000 E. Hortter StreetPhiladelphia,PA19150
- Kendrick Recreation Center:5822 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia,PA19128
- Simons Recreation Center:7200 Woolston Ave,Philadelphia,PA19138
- Water Tower Recreation Center:200 East Hartwell Lane Philadelphia,PA19118
- Waterview Recreation Center:5826 McMahon Street Philadelphia,PA19144
- Manayunk “Pretzel” Park:4300 Silverwood St.,Philadelphia,PA19127
- Vernon Park: 5818 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia,PA19144
- Gorgas Park:Ridge Avenue andHermitage StreetPhiladelphia,PA19128
“This pilot recycling program which will take place at select Parks & Recreation Centers inNorthwest Philadelphiawill help us determine the best ways to expand our recycling program going forward,” said Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis. “Even in its current pilot phase, this program helps us support the Mayor’s goal to increase the amount of public facilities that recycle.”
The Streets Department and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation aim to roll-out the pilot program to other parks and recreation center properties in the next several years.
Providing recycling capabilities in parks and on recreation center properties will help divert more recyclable materials from they city’s waste stream. The city earns $67 for each ton of materials it recycles and this money is added to the city’s General Fund which supports essential services such as the Fire and Police Departments and libraries.Philadelphia’s recycling diversion rate‐ the amount of materials diverted from the waste stream‐ currently stands at nearly 20 percent, reaching rates of over 25 percent in some neighborhoods of the city.
“InPhiladelphia, we love to recycle! We’re proud to partner with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to provide recycling receptacles and pickup in parks and on recreation center properties in Northwest Philadelphia,” said Streets Commissioner Clarena I.W. “Providing this service will help our environment by diverting more recyclables from landfill, earn our city money and give our parks and recreation centers the opportunity to earn rewards points through the Philadelphia Recycling Program!”
All of the parks and recreation center properties participating in the pilot program will be registered with Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, a program that allows them to earn points that can be redeemed through Recyclebank for discounts or full-value gift cards
at hundreds of participating local and national merchants. Residents neighboring the participating parks and recreation centers will benefit from the pilot program as they stand to receive more rewards points and can recycle outside at their local park and recreation center. For more information about Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, please visit http://www.phillyrecyclingpays.com/.
For more information on the City ofPhiladelphia’s recycling programs, please visit the Streets Department’s website and social media pages at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com,
Recycling in Philadelphia
- • The City ofPhiladelphiaearns $67 for each ton of materials that it recycles. This money is added to the city’s General Fund, which supports essential services such as the Fire and Police Departments and libraries.
- • Diversion rate is verging on 20 percent
- • Diversion rate for fiscal year 2011 (July 2010‐June 2011) was about 19 percent, approximately a 15 percent increase over the prior year.
- • Since July 2011 (the start of fiscal year 2012), tonnage is up about 10% above the prior year
- • By October 2011, about 170,000 residential households had signed up for thePhiladelphiaRecycling Rewards program. Over 1.5 million points have been earned by residents.
- • Overall diversion rate in the city has increased from roughly 7% in January 2008 to almost 20% in November 2011. The City has more than doubled its average monthly recycling tonnage since the beginning of 2008.