Note to self: when googling for a picture of "trash" don't expect to find garbage.... Finally, we're back recycling! Thanks to our businessman turned mayor, all the kinks and the costs have been worked out, and we have forged a remarkable 20 year public/private partnership with the Hugo Neu Corp. (from Hawaii of all places) to build a state of the art recycling facility in Brooklyn to collect and process cans, bottles and plastic. And believe it or not, the National Resources Defense Council and the United Puerto Rican Association of Sunset Park fully support the plan.
Just to clue you in, recycling in New York has been prohibitively expensive and was curtailed in 2001 when the price of recycling one ton of trash was $107 - which WE were paying. Bloomberg has managed to cap the price we pay for each ton at $48 under this new deal.
The big question we have is if we pay $48 a ton to take it away, how much is Hugo Neu making when they sell it as commercial grade material? Where is the beef?
GOOD RECYCLING LINKS
- A New Era For Recycling in NYC (Gothamist)
- City Reaches Recycling Deal (Newsday via Gothamist)
- Mayor Commits to Ambitious Recycling Pact (NYTimes)
- City Sees Savings in a Partnership Built on Tons of Plastic and Metal (NYTimes)
- Good Comments at Gothamist