Northside Bin Initiative
In partnership with Alcoa Foundation, Buhl Foundation, and the City Pittsburgh, PRC is working with 1300 residents in Pittsburgh’s Northside to improve recycling rates and decrease the amount of recyclables sent to landfills.
Currently City of Pittsburgh residents are instructed to place their recyclables in blue plastic bags in designated recycling collection sites on their biweekly recycling pickup day. At PRC we are working to increase City recycling rates by increasing the convenience and understanding of recycling.
In an effort to increase recycling rates and participation, PRC developed a pilot project to remove some of the barriers between residents and recycling. These barriers include knowledge about what materials are recyclable, understanding the economic and environmental importance of recycling, and materials to make recycling viable in the home.
Focusing on a single collection route in Pittsburgh’s Northside, PRC’s staff and interns will speak with hundreds of residents in the summer of 2015 to about recycling as well as answer their questions and provide them with their own 32-gallon recycling container free of charge. These bins will serve as an alternative to the blue bags. Residents are encouraged to work with us by separating the recyclables outlined below from the trash, and to place all recyclable materials, unbagged, in the recycling bin to be placed out at your regular collection site on the regular recycling day.
Excess plastic bags cause issues to recycling plants (Materials Recovery Facilities or MRFs), clogging the machinery, reducing efficiency, and placing employees at risk. Using bins reduces the need for these bins and have the ability to increase recycling rates.
This program will benefit approximately 1,300 Pittsburghers and keep hundreds of thousands of pounds of valuable materials in circulation and out of Pennsylvania landfills!