As the city works on achieving higher diversion rate, industry experts warn that a lack of educational initiatives and stronger law enforcement would prevent the city from achieving its goal.
Even in it’s seventh year of single-stream recycling model, Boston continues to harbor numerous institutions using the dual-stream model. With the changing demands of recyclers and user behavior, many universities are contesting to adapt to the one-bin concept.
Seven years into the single-stream program, at 30 percent Boston is still lagging behind the national average of 34 percent. As the city plans to boost its diversion rate, it struggles with quickly disappearing landfills and high contamination rate.