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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Start of Expanded Recycling Program

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Streamed live on Apr 24, 2013

Read the press release: http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/html/2013a...
En español: http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/sp/html/20...

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Start of Expanded Recycling Program to Include All Rigid Plastics for the First Time

Largest Expansion of City Recycling Program in 25 Years - Toys, Plastic Yogurt and Coffee Cups, Food Containers and All Rigid Plastic Added to List of Household Recyclables

Starting Next Month, City Will Also Expand Organics Recycling Program to Staten Island Neighborhood - with Other Neighborhoods Later This Year

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the expansion of the City's recycling program to include for the first time the recycling of all rigid plastics, including toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers. The expansion of plastics recycling -- which begins today -- is part of the City's Solid Waste Management Plan and is made possible, in part, through a partnership with SIMS Municipal Recycling whose recycling facilities are equipped to handle the broad range of plastic recycling. The recycling expansion will result in more than 50,000 additional tons of waste a year no longer ending up in landfills at a savings to City taxpayers of almost $600,000 each year in export costs, and for rigid plastics, it is recommended that New Yorkers should rinse and recycle it. The City will also expand the organics recycling pilot under way in public schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan to residents in the Westerleigh neighborhood of Staten Island next month, to other neighborhoods this fall and to all City schools over the next two years. The food waste composting pilot cut the amount of garbage participating schools sent to landfills by up to 38 percent. Both programs are part of the City's effort to make recycling easier for New Yorkers. Earlier this year, in his State of the City speech, Mayor Bloomberg promised an expansion of the recycling program, renewing the Administration's commitment to doubling the City's recycling rate to 30 percent by 2017. The Mayor also was joined at the announcement at City Hall Park by Department of Sanitation Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability Ron Gonen and President of SIMS North America Metals, Robert Kelman.

With today's announcement, SIMS will transfer plastics that the City was previously unable to recycle to facilities that can handle a wide range of plastic recycling. Because it's cheaper to recycle than to ship waste to landfills the City will save hundreds of thousands of dollars as recyclables are diverted from landfills. Later this year, SIMS will bring their sorting and recycling technology to New York City when they open the largest household recycling plant in North America on the Sunset Park waterfront in Brooklyn. Because it takes 70 percent less energy to make plastic from recycled plastics rather than from raw materials, it's going to help us further reduce our city's carbon footprint and withy the expanded capacity to sort and recycle rigid plastics here in New York the city will not only become more sustainable but will also create 100 jobs at the new facility and have will include an education center to teach children about recycling. The plant will be powered by one of the largest solar installations in our city.

Coinciding with the expanded recycling, New Yorkers will receive mailers that describe the expansion of the recycling program and include easy-to-understand illustrations of what they can recycle and how. The City will also send decals to landlords and homeowners to replace the current labels on their recycling bins. The new program starts today, although the City won't begin enforcement until rules are adopted in July. The expansion of the recycling program is part of the City's comprehensive 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan and is the largest expansion of the City's recycling efforts since Mayor Koch launched curbside recycling 25 years ago.




City Hall Park
April 24, 2013

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