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BNRC Urges Large Apt Recycling
10 Oct 2001
Citing a low city recycling rate, less than half the state average, the Boston Neighborhood Recycling Coalition (BNRC) issued a challenge today to all city council and mayoral candidates to support ordinances to provide universal access to recycling for Boston residents.
For Immediate Release:

Citing a low city recycling rate, less than half the state average, the Boston Neighborhood Recycling Coalition (BNRC) issued a challenge today to all city council and mayoral candidates to support ordinances to provide universal access to recycling for Boston residents.

Standing in front of a 37 unit apartment building in the West Fenway that provides recycling for its tenants, the BNRC urged all mayoral and city council candidates to close the loophole that leaves resident of large apartment buildings out of the city’s recycling program. Already, 13 of 23 candidates have signed the pledge.

“Great improvements in Boston’s recycling rates will never happen if residents in apartments are denied access to the city’s program,” said Cassie Wyss, field director of Recycling Action, and BNRC organizer. “Why shouldn’t renters be able to recycle?”

As of today, several City Council candidates have already signed onto the pledge, promising to vote in support of ordinances that work to increase recycling rates and provide recycling access to 100% of Boston’s residents. Mayoral Candidate Peggy Davis-Mullen, and City Council Candidates Michael Ross, Maureen Feeney, Charles Yancey, Daniel Conley, Maura Hennigan, Mark Juaire, Rob Consalvo, John Tobin, Mickey

Roache, Paul Scapicchio, Michael Flaherty, and Richard Evans, have all committed recycling access to everyone. The BNRC also called upon Mayor Menino and all other city candidates to join in signing the pledge.

“There are two key elements to getting people to recycle: access and education. Recycling programs have to be in place, and easy to use, and residents have to know that the programs are there,” said Barbara Bean, BNRC spokesperson. “The BNRC believes that every Boston resident is entitled to access to recycling, and urges all landlords, property managers, and city officials to work together to make this possible.”

Boston is the largest municipal trash generator in New England, churning out over 570 million pounds of residential trash each year. Meanwhile, the recycling rate is only 13%, less than half the statewide average. This is largely due to lack of access. Although the city has worked to establish voluntary recycling programs with willing landlords,
the landlords’ involvement in recycling remains non-mandatory, and over 40,000 units, roughly 16% of the Boston population, still do not have recycling access.

Many Boston residents, like Julie Jenkins of Charlestown, are often shocked to find that large apartment residents are left out of the city’s recycling program. “I think it is crazy that the city doesn’t ensure access to recycling to everyone living here. The recycling program saves the city money, and a lot of people out there would support it given the opportunity.”

The Boston Neighborhood Coalition (BNRC) links residents, block captains, neighborhood groups, and non-profit organizations together to implement effective strategies to reduce waste and increase recycling. The BNRC works with city of Boston to improve recycling education and access with a goal of doubling Boston’s recycling rate within three years and tripling it within five years.
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