The Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to promote expanded recycling in the City of Philadelphia in order to improve the environment, economy, and quality of life in our City. We advocate for public policy and direct action to result in more recycling by more people, waste reduction and a movement towards zero waste.
Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.
The RecycleNOW Philadelphia Campaign is a project of the Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia and Chaired by Maurice Sampson, the City of Philadelphia's first Recycling Coordinator (1985-1987). The Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia was founded in 2000, the Alliance as "a coalition of environmental, civic and business organizations and individuals allied to promote expanded recycling in Philadelphia to improve the environment, the economy and the quality of life in our City".
The RecycleNOW Steering Committee
Maurice Sampson, II, Chair
Christine Knapp, PennFuture
Colleen Meehan, Clean Water Action
Katie Edwards, Clean Air Council
Ben Ditzler, RecycleNOW West Philly
RecycleNOW Into the Future
Read the update on the current state of the RecycleNOW campaign and find out how you can get help push for better recycling in the city of Philadelphia.
RecycleNOW in the Media
Visit the Media Center for a comprehensive listing of news articles about recycling in the Philadelphia region. Also explore publications from RecycleNOW and other affiliates.