2008-02-07 / Other News

Starrett City To Get Receptacles For City's New Recycling Program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John Doh-erty this week announced that four new heavily-trafficked sites, including one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Starrett City, have been added to the Department of Sanitation's (DSNY) successful Public Space Recycling Program.

Sixteen new sets of blue and green recycling receptacles have been placed at the four sites, which were selected based on pedestrian traffic volume, proximity to commercial districts and transportation facilities, and the volume of recyclable materials that were entering the waste stream in litter baskets. The blue receptacles collect bottles and cans and the green receptacles collect mixed paper.

This expansion builds on the sites included in the successful 13-week Public Space Recycling Pilot, which Bloomberg and Doherty began last April. Public Space Recycling is part of the city's landmark Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) adopted by the City Council in 2006. The SWMP provides an efficient and environmentally sound method for handling the City's waste for the next 20 years.

"Now New Yorkers who read the paper on the subway or drink a bottle of water while commuting have more places to recycle their paper and plastics," said the mayor. "Increasing recycling rates is one of the ambitious goals in our Solid Waste Management Plan, and I hope to further expand public space recycling in the future."

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn said, "This expansion in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island con-tinues our commitment to increase re-cycling, and to include all five boroughs in efforts to be a greener city."

"The siting of these new recycling receptacles continues the city's implementation of its Solid Waste

Management Plan as we manage to

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recycle as much of our waste as possible," Doherty said. "In 2006, the DSNY collected 1.7 million tons of recyclables - or about 16 percent of our residential waste. With these additions to the Public Space Recycling program, we expect to increase public awareness of the fact that recycling is one way to make our City cleaner, greener, and healthier."

The three other new public space recycling locations are in Brooklyn Heights, the Bronx and Staten Island.

There are nine existing public space recycling locations in the five boroughs.

During the 13-week pilot program, 1,974 bags of newspapers and magazines and 1,889 bags of bottles and cans were collected and removed from the waste stream. After collection, all items were recycled and examined for a waste characterization study, which determined that the program was effective.

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