2003-07-25 / Community

Citywide Alternate Week Recycling Begins July 28

Citywide Alternate Week Recycling Begins July 28

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that the City will begin city-wide alternate week recycling collection effective Monday, July 28. The Department is mailing detailed public outreach information on alternate week recycling collection and other changes to the recycling program to owners and managers, landlords, superintendents, and residents.

"Because of the City’s financial constraints, the Department is implementing alternate week recycling collection citywide. Details of the plans are already posted on the Department’s website. In addition, the Department is placing alternate week recycling advertisements in major daily newspapers over the weekend of July 26 and 27 and in major weekly newspapers. In August, New Yorkers will receive an information booklet that will help them understand how the new alternate week recycling collection changes affect their community," noted Commissioner Doherty.

Plastic bottles and jugs – including beverage, milk, and juice cartons – can now be recycled in the same heavy-duty clear plastic bags or in blue labeled containers with metal recyclables. Paper should continue to be recycled in heavy-duty plastic bags or in green labeled containers, and corrugated cardboard should continue to be flattened and tied. New York City residents are reminded to place all recyclables (plastic, metal, and paper) out for collection according to the new alternate week recycling collection.

Summonses for failing to recycle plastic bottles and jugs or failing to comply with the alternate week recycling collection changes will not be issued until further notice. However, summonses for failing to recycle metal and paper or mixing either of these two recyclables with garbage will continue to be written.

The alternate week recycling schedule will be in effect until April when weekly collections will returns.

For more information on the City’s recycling program, contact the New York City Citizen Service Center at 311 or visit the Sanitation’s website at www.nyc.gov/sanitation.

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