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New Study Shows NYC’s Commercial Recycling Rate Dropped as Low as 19 Percent

A recent study conducted by the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition found that New York City’s commercial recycling rate has dropped to as low as 19 percent, which is below the national average of 34 percent.

The coalition, which is made up of activists and unions who work in the waste industry, analyzed the data that private carting companies are required to report to the state. Through this data, the coalition found that some of the largest city haulers aren’t pulling their weight when it comes to recycling.

For example, the report shows that Mr. T Carting only recycles 11 percent of what it hauls.

New York Daily News has the details:

You might as well just toss that paper into the plastic bin at work.

The city’s already abysmal commercial recycling rate has plummeted to as low as 19%, according to a new study that will be released Friday to coincide with Earth Day.

That’s well below the national average of 34%, and 10 points lower than the city’s own average of 29% in a 2004 study, the report from the environmental coalition Transform Don’t Trash found.

Read the full story here.

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