Blue recycling bins have been popping up in city business districts for a while now, and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced more are on the way.
An additional 80 recycling containers will be installed in Lawrenceville, Oakland, Shadyside, the Strip District and Squirrel Hill in the coming weeks, with the ultimate goal to eventually have them in every business district. The city also has received a $433,000 performance grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for its successful recycling efforts, which helped pay for the bins.
“Recycling benefits our city and its residents by cutting landfill fees, saving taxpayer money and reducing waste,” Ravenstahl said in a press release.
From 2007-2012, 78,000 tons of waste were recycled with more than 19,000 tons composted, according to the city. Such strategies — as we've noted before —have saved the city $1.9 million in landfill costs and generated $3.4 million in recycling revenue. Participation in recycling is also up — increasing from 49 percent in 2007 to 69 percent in 2012
To find your curbside recycling schedule, check here.