Over the past year, the City of Wilmington has saved more than $257,000, thanks to city recycling customers. It costs the city $59 per ton to put trash in the county landfill, but only $20 per ton to recycle it.
Approximately 6,600 tons of plastic bottles, cans, cardboard, newspaper and other recyclable materials were diverted from the county landfill. That’s about 500 tons more than last year – an increase of more than 8 percent. Of the total trash and recycling collected between July 2013 and June 2014, 22 percent was recycled.
This number is expected to increase with the addition of 19 new recycling receptacles in the downtown area from a $25,000 state grant, as well as recycling receptacles that were added last spring at some city parks, the Municipal Golf Course, Legion Stadium and Greenfield Amphitheater.
Curbside recycling, yard waste removal and bulky item pick up are all provided to city trash customers at no additional charge.