New York City is expanding its recycling program for the first time since creating recycling laws in 1989.
Soda bottles and milk jugs — No. 1 and 2, for those who pay attention to the numbers printed on their plastics — are the only plastics the city currently recycles. Lawmakers want to include all recyclable hard plastics, such as yogurt containers, ketchup and medicine bottles and the ubiquitous New York fridge item: plastic takeout containers (all No. 5 plastics).
New legislation would increase public recycling bins, improve school recycling and overhaul its plastics recycling program, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced yesterday.