Since the City of Wilmington provided new blue recycling carts last year, the number of citizens who choose to take part in the city’s voluntary recycling program has significantly increased. Before the program, fewer than half of all city trash customers recycled. Now, more than 80 percent of all customers are recycling. That’s an increase of about 63 percent since the carts were delivered in November 2012.
In addition, the amount of material being recycled has increased by 25 percent from November last year to November of this year. Not only is recycling better for the environment, it also saves money. It costs the city $59 per ton to put trash in the county landfill, versus $20 per ton to recycle it.
City trash customers began receiving the new blue recycling carts in November 2012 and the bi-weekly recycling schedule began in January 2013, saving the city approximately $220,000 in manpower costs each year.
Get more information here about the City of Wilmington's recycling program.