It was recently announced that NYC is expanding its
recycling program to include all rigid plastic. This
is very significant. With proper recycling of metal,
plastic and glass (and at some point, proper composting
of food as well), the waste we produce will be reduced
to a small fraction of what it is.
Unfortunately, recycling in our community does not
work very well. Many residents, seniors in particular,
do not recycle. In spite of communication by the city,
conversations I have had with some seniors indicate
that they don't even know how or what to recycle.
Down at the bins, people often dump material that
is not recyclable, that is improperly mixed, that
hasn't been cleaned, or that contains trash. The bins
themselves don't accommodate large batches of recyclable
material, and they certainly can't accommodate all
manner of newly recyclable plastic containers that
are already starting to receive.
I propose that we start dealing with this in the
- Put recycling info decals on the wall over the
trash-chutes. Also include information about where
recyclables should be brought, and details on paper-shredding/electronics
FD: The decals are
already on order and will be delivered shortly.
- Add recycling posters in the recycling area.
Include a clear indication of (a) what to put where,
(b) cleanliness and sorting requirements, (c) what
not to leave, and (d) where to bring large items.
Also note the electronics recycling location and
FD: Signage will be
placed in these areas after the first sample is
completed and approved to be done in all areas by
- Make the recycling area bigger - perhaps break
down part of the wall and let people dump recyclables
into the bin directly instead of through a narrow
FD: We are working
to increase and recess the recycling areas and the
initial sample will be ready prior to the next board
- Have an annual recycling briefing (perhaps as
part of a larger "green SPC" event) -
at which we can cite some stats about how much we
are recycling over the previous year, and present
samples of what to recycle, what not to recycle
FD: We have had recycling seminars in the
past that were given by the City and more frequent
ones should take place to educate the residents,
you will shortly see a memo, thank you for the reminder.
- If permissible by law, consider collection bins
in the stairwells every other floor for weekly pickup,
with posters above those bins.
FD: We cannot place
recycling bins in the stairwells.
NOTE: Free posters and decals can be ordered from