New Recycling Bins Encourage Composting In Philadelphia

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Runners and others at the Philadelphia marathon saw something new and different along the race route.

New recycling bins designed to accept regular trash, recyclables and compostables. You may be familiar with trash and recyclable, but what can be composted?

Amy Bellcourt is with SCA, a local paper products maker and leader in sustainability.

“Composting is really collecting the organic material that we get rid of, things like banana peels or pieces of newspaper, egg shells. There’s all kinds of things that can be composted and making sure that it’s being reused rather than going into landfill,” she says.

Bellcourt says SCA partnered with the City of Philadelphia Sustainability Office and came up with the bin idea.

The 3-section bins cost $175,000 and were be covered by SCA, but will belong to the city.

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