(PITTSBURGH) June 13, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that more City business districts will receive on-street recycling bins in an effort to expand recycling citywide. Currently, more than 50 containers are placed in various business districts, and an additional 80 containers will be installed in the coming weeks. The Mayor also announced that the City has received a $433,000 performance grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in recognition of its successful recycling efforts.
“Recycling benefits our city and its residents by cutting landfill fees, saving taxpayer money and reducing waste,” Ravenstahl said. “I’m proud to say that from 2007 to 2012 over 78,000 tons of waste was recycled and over 19,000 tons was composted – saving the City $1.9 million in landfill costs and generating $3.4 million in recycling revenue as a result. Additionally, participation in recycling has increased from 49 percent in 2007 to 69 percent in 2012. These citywide efforts are helping to lower Pittsburgh’s carbon footprint and make our city a greener, cleaner city.”
The Department of Public Works' Bureau of Environmental Services will collect recycling materials from more on-street recycling containers in business districts throughout the city. Currently, more than 50 containers are placed in business districts in East Liberty, Bloomfield, Mt. Washington, Southside, North Shore and Downtown. An additional 80 containers will be installed in Lawrenceville, Oakland, Shadyside, the Strip District and Squirrel Hill. The goal is to have these recycling bins in every business district throughout the city. The more than 130 blue containers were purchased through a generous DEP grant and funds from the Mayor’s Taking Care of Business program, and will be installed by DPW employees and serviced by City refuse workers.
Last year, the City collected and recycled over 15,700 tons of residential materials. Commercial tonnage totals are currently being compiled. The DEP’s Recycling Program Performance Grant was awarded, via the City’s application, based on the 53,400 tons of residential and commercial materials recycled by residents and businesses in 2011. The grant funding will be placed in the general fund to help expand on the City’s growing recycling efforts.
Through the Mayor’s Together Green single-stream recycling program, launched in 2008, the City has recovered valuable resources, saved energy and reduced landfill costs. With community support and the addition of special collection bins, everything from yard debris to appliances to batteries can now be recycled in the city.
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