Yard waste boosts recycling

Peterborough and Sharon residents recycled 391.68 tons in December. The elevated December figure includes yard waste from the spring and fall.

Measured in tons, recycled materials included n ewspaper (4.48), cardboard (8.4), mixed paper (17.94), plastics (2.7), aluminum cans (0.4), steel cans (1.32), food waste (1.38), glass (21), textiles (3.72) and yard waste (330.34). The yard waste is then processed into screened compost the following spring, which is always available to residents at no charge.

By recycling a total of 391.68 tons, residents avoided paying $42,693.12 in disposal fees in December, while generating $15,084.07 in revenue for the month, for a savings of $57,777.19.

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