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N.Y. Will No Longer Recycle Plastic, Glass

July 01, 2002|Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The nation's largest city is eliminating glass and plastics from its recycling program today in what recycling advocates say is the first significant rollback of such a program in the United States.

"No other big cities have taken a step back like this, and I'm not even familiar with any smaller cities taking out elements of their recycling programs," said Laura Haight, senior environmental associate for the New York Public Interest Research Group. "It's unprecedented. People ... are looking very closely at this."

Starting today, sanitation workers will collect only paper and metal for recycling.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg says the change will save the deficit-troubled city $40 million in the coming fiscal year.

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