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Rigid Plastics Now Recyclable In New York City

Bloomberg: New Policy Will Mean 50,000 New Tons Of Recycled Plastic A Year
Coat Hangers

Coat hangers on November 2, 2009 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In what Mayor Michael Bloomberg called “good news for the environment,” New Yorkers may recycle all kinds of rigid plastics starting Wednesday.

The newly recyclable products include coat hangers, coffee cups and salad bowls, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported.

“It will save the city’s taxpayers almost $600,000 in export costs each year, and because it takes 70 percent less energy (to get) plastic from recycled plastic rather than raw materials, it’s going to help reduce our carbon footprint,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg added that the new recycling policy will mean 50,000 tons of plastic will now be recycled every year.

That, Bloomberg said, is the equivalent of a football field piled seven stories high with rigid plastics.

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