Recycling Plan Centers on Organic Waste

As the city prepares to unveil its 20-year plan this week for getting rid of its trash, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will also have to explain how to deal with a different challenge: actually reducing the amount of garbage New York produces and sends to landfills. Waste management experts say that by changing the way New Yorkers think about their waste, the city can exploit some innovative measures to reduce sanitation costs. Options include encouraging residents to increase the composting of food waste and yard material, expanding recycling programs and encouraging the recycling of computers and cellphones.

By IAN URBINA

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