The city of Philadelphia is teaming up with a non-profit to train people to boost recycling.
The Recycling Alliance is seeking volunteers to teach their neighbors about recycling and how in Philadelphia you can win stuff for filling your blue bin.
Katie Edwards of the group says training recycling experts in the neighborhoods should boost participation. “Because it really gets people engaged and it’s up to them to get their neighbors involved and sign them up for the program and it’s a wonderful way to reduce costs for the city of Philadelphia,” Edwards said.
Philadelphia has tripled its recycling rate over the past three years but city Recycling Coordinator David Biddle says it’s not enough.
“We’re nowhere near where we need to be as a city we need to get everybody involved. Another 40 to 50 percent recycling going if we could get everyone involved,” Biddle said.
The first meeting to train advocates will be held at 1500 Walnut Street on November 23rd.