The City of Wilmington’s recycling program continues to expand in an effort to reduce landfill waste and save money. At their meeting July 8, the City Council received a $25,000 state grant that will be used to add 19 new recycling receptacles to pedestrian areas on North Front and North Third Streets. The city is required to provide a $5,000 match to the grant, which is already funded in this year’s budget.
This spring, large recycling receptacles were added at a few city parks, the Municipal Golf Course, Legion Stadium and Greenfield Amphitheater thanks to a previous state grant. Since the city rolled out its new blue carts in 2012, more than 80% of city trash customers now recycle, saving the city a significant amount of money. It costs the city $59 per ton to put trash in the county landfill, versus $20 per ton to recycle it.
Learn more about the city's recycling program