United States – Waste Management has opened a US$20 million recycling facility in north-east Philadelphia.
The company already has three sorting facilities already in the city, but the new unit is one of the largest operations of its kind in the USA, said vice president Michael Taylor. It can handle all the cans, bottles, paper and plastics Philadelphia is generating through kerbside collections, and has the capacity to process double the current volume.
The city is recycling 19% percent of its domestic waste, three times the level of four years ago. Officials credit a switch to single-stream recycling, which allows households to put all recyclables into one bin. The city has increased collection frequency, introduced a rewards-based programme run by RecycleBank, and has begun accepting more types of plastics.