Reading going citywide with curbside recycling cart program


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READING, Pa. – When it comes to recycling in Reading, bigger is better, according to city officials.

The city’s public works department announced Thursday that it is taking its new recycling carts citywide, offering one at no cost to each household enrolled in the city’s curbside recycling program.

Residents who want to replace their old, square recycling tubs with one of the larger, more durable containers, officials said, can receive one by filling out an online form or by calling the city’s Citizens Service Center at 877-727-3234.

The new carts, which are designed to improve the quality and quantity of recyclables collected, will be delivered in the fall.

Residents who wish not to upgrade their recycling container don’t need to do anything, officials said.

The expansion comes nearly a year after the city launched a pilot program, delivering 3,700 small and large recycling carts to residents of the 18th Ward, Glenside, Northmont, and a few smaller neighborhoods.

After several months of trying the new carts, more than 700 of those residents responded to a survey and indicated strong satisfaction with them, officials said.

More than 70% of the respondents said the new carts are easier to move, and more than 50% said they saw a noticeable reduction of litter in their neighborhoods.

In addition to the wheeled and lidded large (65 gallons) and small (35 gallons) carts, a 32-gallon can is also available.

The city is funding the recycling cart program through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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