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Overview

Learn the Recycling INS and OUTS

Get behind recycling – the right way!

Great job, Philadelphia! In the past few years we have made tremendous strides in curbside recycling, and the residential curbside recycling rates are at an all time high. During 2014, a record 128,000 tons of recyclable materials were collected citywide!

Even with all of your great efforts, some unaccepted items are still ending up in recycling bins, like plastic bags, StyrofoamTM, electronics and more. These items can damage recycling machinery and slow down the process.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of what materials are recyclable in our single stream program. And remember, good recycling shouldn't stop at your front door. Look for ways to recycle all day long, wherever you go in Philadelphia — work, school and public places indoors and out. Get behind recycling, the right way!

How Recycling is doing our City tons of good:

Collecting recyclable:

  • Generates materials revenue
  • Reduces garbage disposal costs

Which frees up money to help fund other critical City services such as:             

  • Education
  • Public Safety
  • Park Upkeep

Creating job opportunities and strengthening our local economy

While helping to achieve Mayor Nutter's vision to make us America's Greenest City