- Waste Lines - Jul 12, 2012
- Philly City Council prepares to set path for refuse - Jun 8, 2012
- Environmental groups briefed on Philly trash plans - Jun 6, 2012
- To reduce food waste, city to try disposals - May 24, 2012
- Ron Gonen, RecycleBank Co-Founder, Appointed NYC Deputy Commissioner For Recycling - May 8, 2012
- Roving cameras help Philly crack down on illegal dumping - Apr 18, 2012
- Gloucester City to be new home of first organic waste to renewable energy plant in U.S. - Apr 2, 2012
- Philly adds liquid cartons to its list of recyclable materials - Dec 14, 2011
- America Recycles Day: Philly to start taking foam - Nov 15, 2011
- Commercial recycling rates in Philly remain stagnant - Aug 17, 2011
- How Philadelphia quadrupled recycling rates in four years - Jul 11, 2011
- Waste Management investing in food-waste composting - May 4, 2011
- From your driveway to China - Mar 8, 2011
- State's recycling industry grows to 52,000 jobs, $2.2B in payroll - Feb 23, 2011
- RecycleNOW to help communities garner real Recycling Rewards - Jan 18, 2011
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- RecycleNOW's 5 Point Agenda
Released during the 2007 mayoral campaign, this document called on all candidates to become the official voice and champion of recycling in the city, initiate a national search to hire qualified personnel for key recycling jobs, retask and reorganize the recycling and solid waste advisory boards, create a comprehensive plan for waste and recycling and provide the funding to implement the plan. Mayor Nutter endorsed the agenda.
- Stop Trashing the Climate
Released on June 5, 2008 (World Environment Day) by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, this report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting, dispels myths about the climate benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap for how to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within a short period.
- Philadelphia Recycling Program at the Crossroads - A Citizens Report on Recycling (Word Document)
Funded by the William Penn Foundation, his report attempts to answer the question, Why has Philadelphia’s well-staffed and well-funded recycling program achieved so little in comparison with others? It reviews the administrative history in detail including the systematic dismantling of the City’s Recycling office and provisions of the mandatory recycling ordinance as addressed in the Controller's Review of the Recycling Program, May 2005.
- A Citizen’s Primer on Dual Collection in Philadelphia (PDF Document)
Also funded by the William Penn Foundation, the report reviewed plans by then Streets Commissioner Wm Johnson to radically change waste management practices to be in line and up to date with industry standards. The full report is attached (it includes an executive summary) along with the article “Innovative Collection Strategies” that updates the report, both authored by Maurice Sampson. Please note: The article was written before Blue Mountain opened their doors, and reflects great skepticism on Sampson’s part of the single stream technology. The essence of his concern: the continued need for public dollars to upgrade the plant as the composition of waste changes and markets place higher standards on the materials they receive. Philadelphia’s Blue Mountain Recycling Facility resolved this concern as the Facility is structured with financial backing from its markets to direct private capital to finance technology issues.
- Saving Tax Dollars: A Citizens Report on Recycling 2004 (PDF Document)
This is the report which caught the Controller’s attention and gave raise to his audit also attached. The authors of the report from Clean Water and Clean Air Council both received phone calls on its release warning that if they pushed the report it would be discredited.
- The City Controller's report titled Review of the Recycling Program, May 2005 is a must-read. (PDF document)