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August 2006

 

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.


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