New Yorkers have been taking out less trash over the last decade but the city is still paying a high price to keep the streets litter free.
The city's Independent Budget Office released a report Thursday that shows the average New Yorker produces a little less than two pounds of waste a day, which is about a pound less than in 2000.
The report, which crunched data from the Department of Sanitation, U.S. Census and the Mayor's Management Reports, found the amount of products that Big Apple residents recycled dropped about a pound over the last 12 years.
Doug Turetsky, a spokesman for the IBO, said the drop didn't mean that New Yorkers are becoming more environmentally unfriendly, rather people are using less recyclable materials.
One thing that hasn't dropped is the money to haul those smaller piles of garbage from the curb. The report found that it costs the city 70 cents per person to dispose of its trash, a number that remains unchanged since 2000.