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[greenyes] NYC return to recycling


Yesterday I heard a story on NPR's Marketplace about NYC reinstating
recycling (including a brief audio clip of Jerry Powell). The gist of the
story was that recycling is not a free service, but NYC has realized that
it is cost-effective and cheaper than treating the material as trash.
While I agree that we need a whole paradigm shift away from the "waste
management" model, getting people to realize that recycling is financially
beneficial is a step in the right direction. For some reason, people
expect recycling to be a net-positive financially -- something they don't
expect from any other municipal service. Nobody would say "we don't make
money providing water to our residents, so we'll eliminate that program."

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California
562/570-4694

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