Recycling In New York City

In April 2002, New York City suspended and altered parts of its recycling program. The mayor sought these changes to save money. Members of the City Council, community groups and Environmentalists have been opposed to these new measures.


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  • Which is more important; the annual budget of New York City or the impact of the city's trash on the planet?
  • What are the immediate concerns of the mayor and the city government? How do the fiduciary responsibilities of the city Council and the Mayor and issue of recycling relate to one another?

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Mayor Bloomburg's Budget Plan

NYC Sanitation Department's announcement of new recycling rules

Changes in recycling due to budget cuts covered by NY1. (Second story) (Third story).

Earth Policy Institute'sanalysis of New York City's garbage problem

E-Magazine article about New York's new recycling rules.

Take a look at New York's last garbage dump, the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island.

How has New York City been handling its trash?




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How does the City's finances effect the policies it sets?

What does the City budget say about life in New York City?

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State Standards 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4, National Standards II, III and V according to the New York State Department of Education standards of Public Policy and Political Participation

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