RecycleNow looks to make advocates of residents

Philadelphia’s recycling rate was just 4 percent three years ago. It’s now up to 20 percent, but representatives from RecyleNow say we could be doing better — like San Francisco’s 70 percent.

“Philly is a real together place, but we all it differently,” Maurice Sampson said of how the city works. Sampson is the chairman of RecycleNow, which has partnered with RecycleBank to help residents in the Northeast spread the word about recycling rewards.

RecycleNow has plans to train individuals about how to promote and answer questions about RecycleBank, hoping they’ll be the best advocates for recycling in their neighborhoods.

Sampson promised to fixed what he called glitches in the RecycleBank system, like several Parkwood residents who, at last night’s civic association meeting, said they hadn’t received their rewards stickers, or were unable to access their points.

Sampson asked Parkwood residents to form a neighborhood committee, which he’ll communicate with about training. He’s making the rounds at various neighborhood meetings, and was in Mayfair last month.

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