Recycling Saved Westchester County Millions in 2018

recyclingIt may not be glamorous, but recycling our garbage can actually save us money in the long run. Just ask the residents of Westchester County, where Mount Vernon is located.

In 2018, recycling garbage saved Westchester County $5.4 million, plus the additional $4.2 million earned from selling the recyclables. 

To dispose of solid waste, Westchester County spends an average of $79.33 per ton. The good news is, Westchester County’s recycling rate is 52%, which is higher than the national average of 35%.

Other recycling rates around Westchester County include:

  • Pleasantville: 64%
  • Briarcliff Manor: 65%
  • North Castle: 80%
  • New Castle: 61%
  • Mount Pleasant: 49%
  • Mount Kisco: 39%
  • Pound Ridge: 43%
  • Somers: 34%
  • Hastings-on-Hudson: 33%
  • Bronxville: 30%
  • Dobbs Ferry: 26%
  • Mount Vernon: 18%

In addition to saving money, the recycling industry promotes economic growth and creates thousands of jobs for residents of Westchester County. In 2017, the industry brought in $117 billion and provides about $13 billion in tax revenue each year to federal, local, and state governments.

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