Commentary: Do's and don'ts of Philly recycling

Here's a historical fact about our city that you may not know: Philadelphia established one of the first curbside recycling programs in the country in the early 1980s.

Philly.com - The Inquirer/Daily News
By Carlton Williams, Denise Diorio McVeigh, and Michelle Feldman
Nov. 29, 2016

Over the last 30 years, America has gotten used to the ease and convenience of curbside recycling, and anyone can tell you why you should recycle: It's good for the environment, for the economy, and for your own community. However, we all still make simple and well-meaning mistakes that have real consequences. These mistakes can make materials less valuable or cause them to lose their value entirely, and hours of manpower are lost at recycling plants because workers must remove non-recyclable items that get caught in machinery. It can become a worker safety issue too.

That's why the Philadelphia Streets Department, Recyclebank, and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful teamed up to celebrate this year's America Recycles Day with a public service announcement aimed at reminding Philadelphians of some major recycling do's and don'ts. You can view it here: www.philadelphiastreets.com/recycling.

What can you do to ensure that you're not only recycling as often as you can, but that you're also recycling correctly?

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