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Growth in York's recycling rate slows in 2015

David Weissman
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York County's 2015 recycling rate showed an increase over 2014, but it was not as drastic as previous year-over-year growth.

Penn Waste recycling center sorter Robert Pullo Jr., center, pulls items from a conveyor at the Manchester Township facility Friday, March 25, 2016. For the safety of sorters, Penn Waste is urging customers to contain medical waste items like needles and dispose of them in their regular trash. Bill Kalina photo

The county's recycling rate, which is the percentage of the municipal waste stream diverted from the total waste stream, was 40.7 percent in 2015, according to a York County Solid Waste and Refuse Authority news release.

The rate was 40 percent in 2014, 37.6 percent in 2013 and 33.5 percent in 2012, according to authority records.

A total of 196,123 tons of recyclables were collected in the county during 2015, the release states. It adds that more than 90 percent of the area's population is participating in curbside pickup and/or drop-off recycling.

Despite only 18 of the county's municipalities being mandated under state law to provide curbside recycling to their residents, the report states that 63 of 72 municipalities in York County provide residents with those services.