Recycling Right at SEPTA Stations

December 27, 2016

Increasing recycling rates at passenger stations is one of SEPTA's sustainability goals. The two easiest ways to accomplish this is by increasing recycling and reducing contamination. As a part of SEPTA's Recycling Refresh program, SEPTA has designed new waste and recycling with the hope of accomplishing both.

In order to inform passengers of what is acceptable to recycle and make it more covenant to recycle right; SEPTA designed the recycling bins with the following things in mind:In order to inform passengers of what is acceptable to recycle and make it more covenant to recycle right; SEPTA designed the recycling bins with the following things in mind:

Convenience: The side-by-side positioning of the two bins ensures it will take the same amount of effort to recycle as it would to throw something in the trash.
Visual Cues: The shaped holes in the recycling bin lid and the bright blue color (the same color as the recycling bins provided by the City of Philadelphia for household recycling) cue customers that the bin is different from a trash bin.
Improved Recycling Instructions: The stickers on the lid provide a visual, straightforward depiction of what should and should not be recycled in this bin.

Side-by-side recycling and waste bin at 13th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line

But design can only take us so far - SEPTA still needs your help to achieve the recycling goal.

The most significant thing that passengers can do to help SEPTA increase recycling rates at stations is by recycling correctly. Always remember that if there are large amounts of non-recyclable material or contamination found in SEPTA's recycling, it will be rejected by the recycling company and all the material will be sent to the landfill. That's why it is so important to spread the word about recycling right at SEPTA stations!