Recycling numbers surge in the Iowa Quad Cities

A report on on how many new households are participating in recycling is scheduled to be released in December.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Officials say that since a new recycling program began in August in Davenport and Bettendorf, the amount of recyclables collected has increased more than 70 percent from the same three-month period last year.

The Quad-City Times reports that officials are crediting a switch to the “Go All In” program that allows more types of plastic and paper containers to be recycled. Also, the system no longer requires sorting of recycled materials — it all goes in one cart.

Brandy Welvaert with the Waste Commission of Scott County says there’s been a 95 percent increase in tonnage collected in Davenport from 2015. Bettendorf has seen a 39 percent increase.

While tonnage is up, the participation rate, which looks at how many people are recycling, won’t be reported until December.