PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today is “America Recycles Day,” and here in Philadelphia activists are looking for a few good volunteers — to boost participation in a city-run recycling program.
The Philadelphia Streets Department runs what is called the “Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program,” which gives shopping coupons to residents in neighborhoods that have the highest recycling rates.READ MORE: Gas Prices Continue To Fall In New Jersey, Pennsylvania And Delaware
Christine Knapp is with RecycleNow.READ MORE: Many Families Expected To Travel To Jersey Shore For July 4: 'I Gave Up Other Things Just To Make It To Ocean City'
“We have people who are signing up their neighbors because they know the more their neighbors recycle, the more they get rewarded,” she says. “So what we’re doing is finding more people like that out there. We’re training them, we’re giving them materials, and we’re telling them we need more people.”
She says already more than 100,000 residents have signed up for the program. Participation is recorded with a bar code sticker placed on your recycling bin.
More information is at phillyrecyclingpays.com.MORE NEWS: Investigation Underway After 2-Alarm Fire Leaves Man Dead, 2 Firefighters Injured
Reported by KYW City Hall Bureau Chief Mike Dunn.