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June 2007

Boston tests single stream recycling

Boston’s Public Works Department is investigating ways to increase participation, tonnage, and cleanliness of the weekly curbside recycling collection program.

A pilot program, “Recycle More” will test the feasibility of single-stream collection. This program will also look at encouraging residents to recycle more not only for environmental benefits but to ultimately save City resources.

For every ton of trash residents recycle, the city saves $70 on residents’ trash disposal fee.

Residents in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale have been given 95 and 65 gallon wheeled carts with covers.

The program will gauge the impact these carts have on participation rates, total tonnage collected, and spillage on the street. The approximately 3,000 households in residential buildings on this route have received a wheeled cart. The carts will be collected once a week for six months, May through November 2007.

Cascade Engineering, Rehrig Pacific, and Toter, Inc. donated 1,000 carts each to this pilot program.

The pilot program comes on the heels of Boston Mayor Menino’s recent Executive Order that said the City would recycle an additional 10 percent. He also recently filed legislation for expansion of the Bottle Bill.

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