Philadelphia’s Quadrupled Recycling Rate

WHYY Newsworks recently reported that Philadelphia has quadrupled its recycling rates in just four years!

The rate increase is owed to several of the city’s programs, including single stream recycling, acceptance of all plastics, law enforcement, and, of course, Recycle Bank. It’s great to see my city on the right track and a leading example of how when you give people education and tools, they – for the most part – want to do the right thing.

I’ve talked before about Philadelphia’s combined “carrot and stick” approach. Despite some pitfalls and complaints, we seem to be moving forward at an exponential rate!

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