October 3, 2013
A new report says that 90% of the trash from restaurants, office buildings and other businesses in the five boroughs could be recycled or composted. According to the Alliance for a Greater New York, the current rate is only 40%, with 2 million tons of waste buried each year in landfills. They blame the commercial waste industry and are urging the city to switch to the same kind of system they have in Los Angeles and Seattle, which involves competitive bidding by the companies that haul the trash. They also want the next mayor to set a target recycling rate for commercial properties.
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