How to Fucking Recycle in NYC

Recycling in NYC

Compared to other cities, New York sucks at recycling. While San Francisco and Portland keep almost 80 percent of their waste from ending up in landfills, and Chicago and Oakland achieve a respectable 40 percent, NYC diverted only 16.6 percent in 2012, the Wall Street Journal reports. In one more of the mayor’s lame duck initiatives, he’s proposing an expansion of the city’s recycling program, including a new center in Sunset Park and 1,000 new recycling receptacles. What can you do to help? Well, you could start fucking recycling properly. New York’s recycling guidelines can be tricky—I guess—so let me help you through it. [photo]

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  1. I’ve always wondered about those wax coated OJ cartons, don’t you think that it the cardboard/heavy paper they are made out of that is recyclable? Also for hardcover books rip the front and back covers off and the inside pages are recyclable.

  2. @Montague Street: waxy OJ cartons and aseptic packaging (e.g. juice boxes, shelf-stable milk/juice) goes in with metal/plastic/glass. That’s a major oversight and I hope BK Mag adds that one in. People too often throw in milk/juice cartons with paper, resulting in all of the paper getting rejected by the recycling company.

  3. Easy source for clear bags: http://www.greenlinepaper.com/index.php?search%5Bkeywords%5D=goodsense&_a=category&x=0&y=0 (“GoodSense” ones only.) It’s a good thing that NYC keeps containers and paper separate, doing so should provide higher quality material so less of it is landfilled compared to single stream recycling programs. It’s important to buy recycled to create a market for this stuff. For example, they’re lacking collecting more types of plastics, and a key reason for that is lack of markets for the material. BUY RECYCLED – and you and I create demand for recyclable materials. Thanks for this piece you put together to educate us on recycling in NYC.

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  6. There’s so much helpful information in this article but the tone is uncalled for. A person can only reuse so many yogurt containers.

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