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Re: [greenyes] who was the first multi-material curbside program?


In addition to the programs mentioned already (Boulder, CO; Madison, WI; and Modesto, CA), other early multi-material curbside recycling programs were:
* San Luis Obispo, CA
* Palo Alto, CA
* Fresno, CA - MARS program started in 1976 or 77
* Davis, CA
* Berkeley, CA - 1972
Also, the USEPA funded model curbside recycling programs in Somerville and Marblehead, MA in the 1970s.

I don't know the starting dates for all of these.


At 09:45 AM 6/27/2005, Eric Lombardi wrote:
Eco-Cycle was collecting curbside paper and containers in 1976, almost 30
years ago. We claim to be "one of the first 20"... don't know where Grogan
came up with that one. I have heard that the first multi-material
collection program was in California sometime around 1970? I think Gary
Liss told me that... hey, Gary, you know the history on this?


-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Pasterz [mailto:ppasterz@no.address]
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 10:17 AM
To: Reindl@no.address; GreenYes@no.address
Subject: Re: [greenyes] Recycling around the world

Note under the US coverage that 20 years ago only one roadside
[curbside]recycling program existed...whose was that...Ecocycle's? Recycle
Ann Arbor's The Recyclers [of Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties]?, etc.

>>> "Reindl, John" <Reindl@no.address> 06/27/05 09:52AM >>>
There's an interesting article on recycling in the UK, the EU and selected
other countries around the world on the BBC web page today at


Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485

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