Citywide recycling rate continues to increase
The rate of recycling citywide went up again in 2016 and the biggest beneficiary is you.
Residents recycled a combined 6,340 tons of material in 2016. That's slightly higher than 2015 and up 28% since the city began offering recycling carts in 2012. As a result the amount of trash hauled to the Outagamie County landfill went down by 778 tons or more than 3.5%.
The end result is a savings to the City that gets passed on to you. It costs the City $45/ton to haul garbage to the landfill. With an extra 1,389 tons of material diverted to recycling since 2012, that has saved the City $62,505.
In 2012 Appleton's recycling rate was just over 19%. In 2016 it was nearly 24%. For 2017 our Department of Public Works has set an ambitious goal to see that rate increase to 26%.
If we all do our part, we can attain that goal and then some! If you aren't sure what can and can't be recycled, see this helpful link on the Outagamie County Recycling website.
Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube