NYC Suspends Glass, Plastics Recycling

New York City, NY - New York City has suspended the recycling of all plastic and glass materials. In a compromise and as a result of budget constraints, the New York City Department of Sanitation and New York City administration agreed to continue recycling metal, but to suspend recycling plastic for one year and glass for two years.

The recycling of newspaper and other paper, corrugated cardboard and all metal cans and 100 percent metal products will continue to be picked up on the regularly scheduled recycling collection days. Bulk recycling for large metal appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, etc. also will continue.

The five-cent deposit law on beverage containers remains in effect.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the suspensions would save the city about $40 million, in part because of reduced sorting cost.

Mark A. Izeman, a senior lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, agreed. "Significantly, recycling will continue for paper and metal, which are the two most valuable commodities in the waste stream," he said. "But the rash decision to suspend recycling for glass and plastic is shortsighted and not in the city's best long-term economic interests."