PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveiled plans today to provide thousands more blue recycling bins to city residents in an effort to meet zero waste goals.
“As the recycling industry and our climate continue to change, Pittsburgh needs to keep adapting to a stronger culture of waste reduction and material reuse,” Mayor Peduto said. “A strategic plan for purchasing and deploying blue recycling bins citywide will make that culture change more accessible, equitable and meaningful for all.”READ MORE: Family Says Child With Special Needs Was Found Wandering Along Busy Road After Not Being Dropped Off At Home After School
Peduto is proposing adding an additional $500,000 to the city budget in 2020 to begin the purchasing of the new recycling bins.READ MORE: Carnegie Science Center Teams With Pittsburgh Penguins To Inspire Young Fans Through Science
This money would have to be approved by the Pittsburgh City Council.
Although the distribution plan for this new proposal has not been finalized yet, residents should plan to be alerted when they are available, which will likely be early next year.MORE NEWS: Developers Hope To Turn Former East Vandergrift Elementary School Into Affordable Senior Housing
Since 1991, recycling in Pittsburgh has been mandatory through residents putting recyclable materials in blue plastic bags. These bags have caused clogging in equipment at recycling facilities and have degraded the quality of recyclables, increasing the cost to the city.