From the NY Post:
The city's green agenda has a big black spot -- a plummeting recycling rate that by the end of the month could reach its lowest level in five years, The Post has learned.
Records show that just 15.9 percent of residential waste was recycled in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30. Over the same period in 2009, the rate was 16.4 percent. In 2008, it was 16.7 percent. When construction debris and commercial waste are included, the decline is even more dramatic. The "total diversion rate" collapsed to 24.6 percent from 33.5 percent a year earlier.
The city's Web site, however, still boasts that it has "the largest, most ambitious recycling program in the country."