Sports fans to Recycle on the Go
Pittsburgh is challenged to double collection rates
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the City of Pittsburgh are encouraging fans to “recycle
on the go” by depositing their cans and bottles in bins in
the tailgate area and at other key locations in stadium areas.
“Public venues and events present a great,
and largely untapped, opportunity to help the environment through
recycling,” said EPA assistant administrator Susan Bodine.
Pittsburgh is adopting EPA’s “Recycle
on the Go” philosophy as part of a comprehensive plan to increase
recycling participation in the city.
Revenue generated from the collected recyclable
material will benefit Pittsburgh youth programs.
According to municipal authorities, Pittsburgh
collects about 20,000 tons of recyclable material in an average
year, which is below the national average reported by similar cities.
Mayor Bob O’Conner is challenging the city to double the city’s
collection to 40,000 tons—to “make Pittsburgh one of
the cleanest, safest cities in America.”
EPA’s “Recycle on the Go” initiative
works to encourage people to recycle wherever they go by making
recycling easy and convenient. EPA is working toward a 35 percent
national recycling rate by 2008.
EPA’s Recycle on the Go Initiative: www.epa.gov/rcc/onthego.