It’s great news to hear that New York city is dramatically expanding and improving their recycling program. This is the first significant expansion of the city’s recycling program since the program was created more than 20 years ago.
They plan to save over 8,000 tons of plastic every year away from landfills and incinerators. That’s equal to the amount of trash produced by nearly 10,000 people each year.
They will go 300 to 700 recycling bins.
Legislating Recycling Shown to Be Effective
New York City’s mandated the collection of recyclables from every residential and commercial building in the city. Within 10 years of this, the City of New York increased its residential recycling rate from less than 1% to more than 20%.
A new recycling facility is scheduled to open in Brooklyn in 2012.
They are expanding recycling of household hazardous waste, clothing and textile recycling, paint recycling, and increased recycling efforts in schools.
Sort of like getting a ticket and attending traffic school, if you break the law you will be able to go to a recycling workshop instead of paying a fine (first time only.
There is more, read about it here: http://www.recyclingtoday.com/new-york-city-expanding-recycling-laws.aspx
Rubbercycle wants to recognize New York City’s leadership and encourage more cities to take their lead.
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