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[GreenYes] Re: Beyond newspapers

Again, I believe Arthur's question was for curbside collection of other
paper beyond newspaper, not simply the date of organized I interpreting your question correctly, Arthur?

The nonprofit I founded in the Lansing, MI area started collection of a
residential mix at curbside in East Lansing, MI in 1988.

Pete Pasterz


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There are threads on the original recycling programs from back maybe a
year or two ago. Clinton NJ and Berkeley CA (and many satellite programs
sprang up around these two centers very quickly) seem to claim the first
modern recycling programs in the late 60s where they did curbside
pickups of a sort. There were numerous paper drives, though, that I've
written about before in a number of large urban centers during the
second world war and, of course, mobile rag collectors and other junk
collectors go all the way back to our earliest colonial days. Certainly
SF in 1988 is not close to correct. Philly is credited as being the
first major city in the country to have comprehensive municipal curbside
(with a city ordinance making recycling mandatory, that is) and that
program began in 1987 (and there were pilots and planning beginning in

Drop-offs, of course, have been around forever.

All this is to say, organized recycling has been around forever and is
as American as mom and apple pie. Hoorah!

David Biddle, Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council
P.O. Box 4037
Philadelphia, PA 19118

215-247-3090 (desk)
215-432-8225 (cell)


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on 9/15/06 11:44 AM, M.Simons at msimons@no.address wrote:

On Fri, 15 Sep 2006, arthur boone wrote:
> I believe the first large jurisdiction to take other papers in
> curbside program than newspaper was San Francisco about 1988;
is that
> correct? Arthur R. Boone

I would assume David Biddle could provide more information on
this, but in
1987 Philadelphia passed Bill 1251A - a mandatory Recycling
As far as I know, this was the first mandatory recycling law in
any major
city in the US. I can't speak for other countries at this time
further research.

I'm not sure when the program actually first started curbside,
but at the
time we collected mixed paper, metal, glass, and plastics.

I'm told at the time we also served as an example to
jurisdictions and
cities all over.

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