Thursday, April 15, 2010

City's recycling program to expand

From WPIX:

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.


Anonymous said...

Recycling is, for a large part, a joke.

From what i recall, the cost to recycled paper and plastics is more than the cost of new, and takes a large amount of energy in the process, as well as causing pollutants.

Metals are the only one where money is saved thru recycling, and helps the environment, as you avoid damaging strip-mining.

georgetheatheist said...

NYTimes Magazine writer, John Tierney, wrote an article 14 years ago about the stupidity of recycling:

Theodoric said...

If recycling is such a valuable and vital economic activity, why won't anyone pay you to do it?

Anonymous said...

I think we should recycle all politicians to Rikers.

Anonymous said...

Now the city has more reasons to write tickets and gain revenue. The recycling program is a joke -- an expensive joke at that.

LibertyBoyNYC said...

You Greenless Heathens! How Dare You All! We're saving trees and stuff!

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should recycle some of our old bag pols like "granny" Shulman & "Moby" Stavisky.

Put 'em in a landfill in Taiwan!