Recycling a garbage plan

Plastics recycling begins again in the city on July 28, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty announced.

However, only certain kinds of plastics will be accepted and all recyclables will be picked up every other week, according to the Department of Sanitation. Glass recycling will resume in April of next year.

Plastic items for recycling will be limited only to narrow-necked plastic bottles and jugs, beverage cartons and drink boxes, which must all be rinsed. The plastics are to be recycled with metals – metal cans, hangers, foil and the like in clear plastic bags, while bulk metals must be placed next to recycling bins or bags.

Mayor Bloomberg suspended plastic recycling last year because the recycling firms were shredding the material and dumping it on landfills along with regular garbage – and charging the city a recycling fee at the same time, Doherty said.

But after the suspension, one recycler, Hugo Neu Schnizer, East, proposed a new deal which will pay the city $5.10 per ton for plastic, according to Doherty. Glass will be a harder material to recycle than glass, Doherty added. “We hope that in the coming months the recycling industry will find a profitable method of recycling this material too,” he said.


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