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[greenyes] NYC Back Again

NY TIMES - 9/13/04

Mayor Recommits to Ambitious Recycling Pact

he Bloomberg administration announced today that it will sign a 20-year
contract with one of the nation's largest recycling companies, a move that
assures the city's broad recommitment to recycling.

The most ambitious component of the plan is the construction of a $45
million plant on the Brooklyn waterfront to recycle all the city's
residential metal, glass and plastic, officials said at a news conference
today at the site.

The announcement comes just two years after the city largely abandoned
recycling as an economic drain in a time of budget cutbacks. While the
Bloomberg administration has gradually reinstituted residential recycling
programs, the contract reflects the administration's bottom-line conclusion:
as landfill prices increase and technology improves, recycling is the most
cost-effective way to get rid of much of its garbage.

The commitment to recycling solidifies what has been an on-again, off-again
program that left New Yorkers guessing from year to year what to do with
their garbage. The debate has often been positioned between environmental
concerns and rudimentary questions about whether recycling could ever be
economically feasible to governments facing tight budgets. With this
contract, the Bloomberg administration has settled the debate.

Elected officials and industry experts say the city's vote of confidence in
the virtues of recycling is expected to have profound repercussions
nationwide as local governments decide whether to pursue aggressive
recycling programs.


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