Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Recycling Rules for Philadelphia

As of January 5, 2009, all of Philadelphia can recycle weekly. Just all of your recycling out in your blue recycling bin or a reusable plastic container labeled 'Recycling' on the same night as trash. All cardboard, paper, metal, glass and plastics labeled go all together in your recycling bin (also called single-stream).

Here are the details:
Metal: Tin and aluminum cans, empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans

Glass: Jars and bottles

Mixed Paper: Newspaper, magazines, mail (junk and personal), phone books, food boxes (remove plastic liner), computer paper, flyers, wrapping paper (no foil or plastic wrap), soda and beer cartons (no food-soiled paper, please!)

Plastic Containers: Recycle #1 and #2 plastics ONLY (mostly beverage and detergent containers). These containers have narrow necks and wider bottoms. Check the underside of each container for the number 1 or 2. All container lids are recyclable and best if removed from containers.

Cardboard: Empty and flattened

If you don't have a blue recycling bin, contact the City at csstreets@phila.gov or 215-685-RECYCLE (7329) and order one!

Recycle every week, and encourage your neighbors to do the same!

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