Philadelphia, PA - as curbside recycling costs are going up around the world. Cities across the country are re-considering their recycling programs thanks to new Chinese regulations. As a result, the Philadelphia Streets Department is still picking up recycling where possible from all around the city, however, during the past couple of months, just roughly half is really being recycled. Because recent shifts in the recycling marketplace as well as emerging regulations when it comes to recycling in the New Year.
Philadelphia Cuts Back on Recycling Due to Rising Costs
With worldwide pressure on China to enforce their waste disposal. China this past July terminated purchasing of overseas garbage and contaminated recycling, which unfortunately includes greasy pizza containers, styrofoam as well as plastic-made bags.
Philadelphia ended up being vulnerable about the ban simply because of its single-stream recycling systems. This past September the cities recycle agreement concluded, quadrupling the cost, so the city' in the interim was forced to recycling only from neighborhoods with to the lowest degree contamination.
The city gathers up to one hundred tons of recycled material annually, so instead of spending an added $13 million a year to meet new requirements, The city is seeking new bids. Therefore the city remains on a short-term contract in the meanwhile.
In order to make the short-term agreement budget friendly, the city is delivering recycling exclusively from areas around the city where generally there's minimal contamination of recycled material, mainly the Northeast and also Northwest. Recycle pickup coming from most parts of the city is directed to the incinerator together with the regular garbage.