2003-07-18 / Community

Plastic Recycling Resumes July 28

By Howard Schwach
Plastic Recycling Resumes July 28 By Howard Schwach

Under a new law signed this week, recycling pickups in New York City will be reduced to one pickup every two weeks and recycling of plastic bottles and jugs will resume beginning July 28.

Plastic and glass recycling were suspended in an earlier move to cut costs in light of the city’s fiscal crisis.

While glass recycling is still on hold, plastic recycling, including milk and juice cartons, will resume this month.

Sanitation officials say that paper should continue to be put out for collection in clear plastic bags or in green-labeled containers. Corrugated cardboard should be flattened and tied.

"This isn’t perfect," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the press as he signed the City Council bill. "It would be great if we could afford more frequent collection, if we could recycle more things."

The alternate week recycling schedule is in effect until 2004, when weekly pickup schedules are slated to return.

According to a mailing sent to residents throughout the city, metal and plastic bottles and jugs should be placed in clear bags or in blue-labeled recycling bins.

That includes metal cans, aluminum foil wrap and trays, household metal, bulk metal, plastic bottles and jugs and beverage cartons and drink boxes.

Do not recycle any glass items or other kinds of plastic (deli and yogurt containers, Styrofoam, plastic toys and furniture).

Those interested in further information are urged to contact 311 or to visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation. Residents can order recycling labels on that website.

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