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Davenport, Iowa, Recycling Center Adds Jobs to Support 250% Increase

Scott Area Recycling Center is adding 11 new sorting jobs beginning on September 1.

In 2016, the “Go all in” recycling program, which is similar to a single stream recycling program, launched in the cities of Davenport and Bennendorf, Iowa. And since then, residents have recycled a total of 17,392 tons of materials, or a 250 percent increase from the year prior.

The materials are sent to the Scott Area Recycling Center for sorting and processing, and to keep up with the uptick in materials, the recycling center is adding 11 additional jobs beginning on September 1. The new hires will assist in sorting materials and preparing for another increase that will come from the city of Clinton, which is switching to single stream recycling on October 1.

Quad-City Times has more details:

In the year since the "Go all in" recycling program was launched in Davenport and Bettendorf, the total tonnage of recyclables collected has increased 250 percent.

That means residents in the two cities recycled 17,392 tons of materials in the year since the new program began, compared with 6,783 tons in 2015-16, said Kathy Morris, director of the Waste Commission of Scott County that operates the recycling program. She called it "amazing."

The increase announced Wednesday is due to greater participation by residents — an average of 82 percent between the two cities — and a change in operation that greatly expanded the types of materials that are accepted for recycling.

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