That’s the message Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent Wednesday as he announced the city’s biggest expansion of its recycling program in 25 years.
“Rigid” plastics like yogurt cups, take-out food containers, toys and CD cases that were previously unable to be recycled can now be tossed into the same bin as plastic bottles and jugs, Bloomberg said.
The new program, which began Wednesday, aims to take the guesswork out of plastics recycling and boost the city’s recycling efforts, Bloomberg said.
“Starting today, if it’s a rigid plastic — any rigid plastic — recycle it,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “There is no more worrying about confusing numbers on the bottom of the container.”
The city anticipates that 50,000 tons of plastics sent to landfills each year will now be recycled. And because it’s cheaper to recycle than to ship waste to landfills, the city will eventually save more than $600,000, the mayor said.