The Big Apple is trying to change its core as far as recycling is concerned. New York City has been infamous for being poor in recycling for years, but now the city’s goal is to turn that around over the next five years.
In 2017, New York City probably should be called the Green Apple if things go as planned. The city is building new recycling centers and aiming to increase the city’s percentage of recycled materials to a whopping 30 percent from 15 percent, or double, by 2017. That means the city will have a much different look than it had before when it totally eradicated recycling for a time in an effort to save money. The effort failed and actually cost the city more money in the end.
Plastic next year will start being recycled (only aluminum, glass and paper traditionally have been targeted for recycling). Along with this change will come hundreds of new recycling bins at public sites throughout New York City as well as yard waste composting. The move not only will save the planet – by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by about 7 percent – but also it will save New York City money, about $55 million a year.
“If we’re going to be the most innovative city in the world, we also have to be the greenest – because that’s how you attract the most talented individuals and most forward-looking companies,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said recently.
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