Hartford, Connecticut receives grant to promote recycling
Hartford, Connecticut, with the support of the National
Recycling Partnership, a coalition committed to improving recycling rates
in the United States, will implement a one-year pilot program called
“Go Green Use Blue” to demonstrate the positive impact of making recycling
more convenient for residents and offering household incentives to recycle.
The pilot program will involve using “Single Stream
Recycling,” a simple and environmentally friendly approach to recycling
in which all recycled materials go into one large bin.
Beginning in May 2008, approximately 5,000 Hartford
households (about one-sixth of city-served households) will be provided
with 64-gallon carts by the city in conjunction with its service partner
RecycleBank. Participants can place all recyclables into this cart and,
using RecycleBank’s incentive system, be able to obtain coupons valued
at up to $400 per year for use at local retail establishments.
Hartford will be the first community in the nation
to benefit from the National Recycling Partnership’s grant program, which
helps cities to demonstrate best managerial, technical and educational
practices in residential recycling programs and show how recycling rates
can be improved.
The National Recycling Partnership initiated the grant
program to address the stagnant recycling rates across the country. With
the bulk of recyclables being consumed in homes, underperforming curbside
recycling programs explain much of the weakness in recycling rates in