New York - Queens, N.Y., was the last borough in the city to join the New York Department of Sanitation residential curbside recycling program last September. Queens was the final phase in the year-long expansion plan.
The city, claiming the largest recycling program in the nation, is working to educate the approximate 3 million households served. Steps also have been taken to develop markets for recyclables. Exploring Economic Development Opportunities in Recycling has been released to recommend policies and practices which will create markets for the city's recycling program.
New Yorkers and profits for New York City businesses. The report gives an overview of recycling's potential to boost the City's economy while improving its environment.
To develop environmental awareness, the Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, in conjunction with the Department, sponsor a "Team Up to Clean Up" contest.
The contest, which attracted more than 200 public and private schools citywide, aims to teach youths the principles of recycling and waste reduction and their impact on the environment.
Student winners were awarded more than $7,000 in prizes.