Baltimore DPW to provide 190,000 free recycling carts in new partnership – CBS Baltimore



BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Baltimore Department of Public Works will provide free recycling carts to 190,000 households, the DPW said on Wednesday.

The $ 9.5 million project is a total investment of $ 3 million from The Recycling Partnership, which includes $ 1.65 million from the beverage industry, plastic resin donation for recycling carts from Dow Packing & Specialty Plastics, and covered rolling carts manufactured by Rehrig Pacific, as well as a $ 3 million investment from the Closed Loop Partners Infrastructure Fund. The city will launch a recycling education campaign to educate the community about the new carts and what can and cannot be recycled.

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About 40 million new pounds of recyclable material per year, an 80% increase in recyclable material per household, could be generated by providing Baltimore households with recycling carts, according to an estimate from The Recycling Partnership and Closed Loop Partners. The program will also help collect and recycle nearly 30 million new pounds of plastic over 10 years, including 16 million new pounds of polyethylene terephthalate that might otherwise have been wasted.

Baltimore is the eighth largest city in the United States without universal access to forklift recycling, according to a statement from the DPW.

In identifying options to improve solid waste diversion, the city’s Less Waste, Better Baltimore plan said providing residents with a free recycling cart would be key. Before that, townspeople had to provide their own carts during weekly recycling collections.

Using larger capacity, covered recycling carts will allow for safer and more efficient collection, reducing the amount of manual labor required, helping to prevent injury to collection staff while providing residents with increased storage capacity for their recyclable materials at the same time, according to the DPW Declaration.

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Launched in 2019 by American Beverage, Every Bottle Back aims to reduce the plastic footprint of the beverage industry by increasing the number of bottles collected and made into new ones. Every Bottle Back brings together The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr. Pepper and PepsiCo with leading environmental and sustainable organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, Closed Loop Partners and The Recycling Partnership, to support the circular plastics economy.

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