City lawmakers announced new legislation Sunday that would dramatically expand and improve recycling in New York City.
The legislation marks the first significant expansion of the city's residential recycling program since it was created in 1989.
Currently, the city only recycles plastics made of types 1 and 2 -- like soda and water bottles or milk jugs. The new legislation would require DOS to begin recycling all rigid plastic containers, including items such as yogurt tubs, take out containers, flower pots and medicine bottles.
It would also more than double the 300 bins in place, and require the Department of Sanitation to site a total of 700 public space recycling bins.
City and non-DOE schools would also be required to designate a recycling coordinator to place and manage receptacles around schools, specifically in classrooms and at entrances and exits of lunchrooms.
Other changes include additional hazardous waste collection events, a citywide textile collection program, and a retailer take-back program for unwanted household paint, which makes up about 50% of household hazardous waste.