Why has the City launched this pilot project?

Increasing the quality of the curbside recycling stream saves money, time and ensures the maximum amount of material is processed and recycled, which is the goal of this project. Non-recyclable materials can damage sorting equipment (like plastic bags and film jamming conveyor belts and rollers) and contaminate entire batches of recycling, leaving sorters no choice but to send the entire load to the landfill. Though “wish-cycled” to avoid putting them in the trash, non-accepted items end up there anyways, often taking additional volume of correctly recycled materials with them. The Recycling Partnership’s traditional “Feet on the Street” program has been implemented in more than 70 communities around the nation, with some communities seeing as much as a 57% decrease of non-recyclable items in recycling and an average of a 27% increase in the overall capture of quality recyclables. By using cameras and computer technology to perform traditionally expensive and labor-intensive cart audits, feedback can be provided for more collection events, longer-term trends can be identified and weather is no limitation. The results of this pilot will be used to inform future cart tagging approaches here and throughout the nation.

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1. Why has the City launched this pilot project?
2. When is this pilot project taking place?
3. What happens if contamination is found in my recycling cart?
4. I received a postcard. Now what?