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Despite gains, Boston lags in recycling

Boston has nearly doubled its residential recycling rate over the past five years, yet fewer than 1 in 5 pieces of household waste gets recycled, significantly less than in other large cities around the country.

Despite tens of millions of dollars spent, a raft of new programs, and the availability of curbside recycling to nearly everyone, the city last fiscal year recycled only 19 percent of all residential garbage, about 30,000 tons, city officials said.

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