Big cities across the United States are leading the effort to recycle. They are making this push not only in an effort to save the environment, but it saves them a lot of money as well. New York City is leading this push and has made recycling easy to do. In 2007, it cost New York City taxpayers $290 million to export their garbage. NYC netted $7.5 million after the initial cost of recycling paper waste. That was only half of all the paper thrown in the garbage.
Weekly Curbside Pickup
NYC offers weekly curbside pick-up. 35% of waste can be recycled through this program. You can recycle these items:
- Mixed paper
You Can Recycle Your Food Scraps
Food waste in NYC creates 600,000 tons of garbage a year. In an effort to reduce this 38 of GrowNYC’s markets accept food scraps, and you may be eligible for the Department of sanitations curbside organics collection.
Textiles Can be Recycled Too
Over 20 Greenmarket locations offer drop-offs for your unwanted textile materials. On average, a New Yorker throws out 46 lbs. of textiles a year. 193,000 lbs. of textiles total are thrown out in NYC per year.
Polystyrene Foam is Easy to Recycle
There’s no need to throw out Polystyrene foam products either. There’s a push to recycle these products and make NYC’s comprehensive recycling program complete. Some of these products can be accepted by the cities curbside recycling program for the items they do not accept it’s easy to go to these following polystyrene recycling centers to drop them off:
- Bronx – Kingsbridge Armory, 10 W. 159th St.
- Brooklyn – Nick’s Lobster parking lot, 2777 Flatbush Ave.
- Manhattan – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, loading dock on West 126th St.
- Queens – York College parking lot, southeast corner of Guy R. Brewer Blvd. and liberty Ave.
- Staten Island – Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave.
Drop off time is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Why You Should Recycle
Big cities like New York are making it so easy. And in NYC if all of the materials that could be recycled never reached the landfill, NYC’s annual waste would be less than 50,000 tons a year. That’s a huge difference. It saves the environment and it saves money.