Times Square becomes hub for recycling program

Times Square recycling
Mayor Michael Bloomberg demonstrates how to recycle this morning in Times Square. Credit: NYC Mayor’s Office

Now you have a place to recycle your Metro at the Crossroads of the World.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a slew of new recycling spots today in Times Square.

The pilot program will bring 30 solar-powered recycling stations to Times Square, along Seventh Avenue and Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets.

The receptacles will replace 53 trash bins, according to the mayor’s office.

The heavily trafficked area generates 15,300 pounds – that’s about 900 bags of garbage – each day, Bloomberg said.

“Times Square is a global destination,” said Ron Gonen, the Department of Sanitation’s deputy commissioner for recycling and sustainability. “That means that there is a tremendous amount of paper as well as bottles and cans often left behind.”

The new receptacles will compact items like cans and bottles and paper as well as garbage.


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