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File #: 170964    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/2/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 11/2/2017
Title: Recognizing the City of Philadelphia Streets Department for the Launch of Philacycle, a Program Designed to Enhance the City's Ability to Encourage Recycling and other Sustainable Practices Throughout Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature17096400.pdf
Title
Recognizing the City of Philadelphia Streets Department for the Launch of Philacycle, a Program Designed to Enhance the City's Ability to Encourage Recycling and other Sustainable Practices Throughout Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Recycling is a sustainable process in which previously used materials that would otherwise become waste are resold to manufacturers. In addition to diverting usable materials from landfills, recycling helps create green jobs, preserves natural resources, and reduces both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; and

WHEREAS, The recycling program in Philadelphia is historic. In 1989, the City of Philadelphia became the first municipality in Pennsylvania to implement curbside collection of residential recyclables. The Program has made significant strides, collecting a record 127,700 tons of recyclable materials from Philadelphia residents in the 2014 fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, Recycling has clear environmental and fiscal benefits for the City of Philadelphia. To date, the accrued benefit of the City's recycling efforts are equivalent to removing more than 60,000 cars off of Philadelphia streets and generating electricity for 40,000 homes in one year. Fiscally, the City of Philadelphia has saved as much as $15 million dollars annually by recycling, allowing those funds to be used for other crucial City services; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia created the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program in July 2010 under the leadership of Mayor Michael Nutter. The Program, a partnership between the Streets Department and sustainable company Recyclebank, allows residents participating in City recycling efforts to earn points, prizes and other rewards. When established, Philadelphia became the largest City in the United States to offer recycling rewards to its citizens; and

WHEREAS, On November 15, 2017, the Streets Department will relaunch the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program as Philacycle. Like its predec...

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