"Go All In" Recycling Creates Jobs in First Year

Sep 11, 2017

After a year of single-stream recycling in Scott County, more people have been recycling a LOT more stuff. The Waste Commission's "Go All In" campaign has worked so well, it's hired eleven workers to begin a new, evening shift.

Credit submitted / Waste Commission of Scott County

Megan Fox, Communications Coordinator, says before switching to single-stream, residents and others recycled less than 7,000 tons of materials per year. That number has skyrocketed to more than 17,000 tons in the past year, a 250% increase.

A year ago, Fox says about 65% of Bettendorf and Davenport households were in the habit of recycling their metal, paper, plastic, and glass waste. Now, participation is up to 82%.

She says it's just a lot easier to put everything in the same bin. For example, recycling 17,000 tons of material translates into saving more than 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. That's enough to power all the households in Buffalo, Eldridge, and LeClaire for one year.

More information is available HERE.

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