Philadelphia Showcases Efforts to Promote Recycling, Clean Neighborhoods
By Ted Fischer
October 8, 2007
Philadelphia has always been known for its history, sound and flavor. The Municipal Waste Management Association’s Fall Summit, held September 19-21, was able to showcase many of the highlights including the “Rocky Route” – settings for the movie – along with stopping and speaking with various neighborhood block captains regarding how they are working to keep their neighborhoods clean and free of illegal dumping. Conference attendees were interested in learning how Philadelphia relies on thousands of block captains to take care of their streets and neighbors by creating a sense of safety within the inner city communities.
Philadelphia also showcased their single stream recycling facility that, along with Recycle Bank, work to keep fewer items out of the landfill and more items back in active circulation. The Blue Mountain recycling facility was fully operational when the tour arrived and guests were able to watch the process via 360 camera and walking tours of the facility. Tour speakers also mentioned a new center where materials once considered waste (Electronics, books, or other materials) can be dropped off, then other city residents can come to discover if there are items they need for little cost or are free. This method also cuts down on the cost for recycling and transporting waste to the landfill. For more information, including presentations and materials, visit the website at www.usmayors.org/uscm/mwma.