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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Single Stream Recycling Data Released!

Somerville ResiStat has posted some great data on the Single Stream Recycling Program that hit a pilot area of Ward 5 in October. Check it out here!
Press Release:

SOMERVILLE – After the first eight weeks of the Single Stream Recycling pilot program, taking place in a segment of Ward 5, the Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) reports that recycling rates have increased by approximately 58% in that area. The average amount of recycled materials prior to the Single Stream pilot totaled approximately 3.8 tons per week; the average after eight weeks of the pilot is approximately 5.99 tons. To help offset the costs of the pilot, OSE also recently announced that the City has received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) totaling $18,000 for costs associated with the new 65-gallon toters, recycling education materials, and a food waste collection demonstration.

“Based on Single Stream Recycling efforts in other communities, Somerville can expect to see a 50% increase in our recycling rates should this program be implemented citywide,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “The results after eight short weeks are already demonstrating that this program can work, with effective marketing and strategy, and we’re thankful for the grant funding from the DEP to help us fund the pilot.”

“I am excited to learn that many residents in this pilot area are finding Single Stream useful, and overall a positive change for the City,” said Ward 5 Alderman Sean O’Donovan. “I am eager to continue working with our constituents to continue increasing our recycling rate citywide.”

Through the pilot program, which began on October 14th, the City is collecting data that will be used to develop recommendations about implementing the program citywide. Pilot area residents should look for a survey in the near future which will help the City with program development. Currently, Somerville recycles 16-18%% of its solid waste.

Residents within the pilot area who do not wish to utilize the 65-gallon toters may continue to use the City’s smaller, blue recycling bins if desired. For more information, please call 311. Information is also available on the City’s website,

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