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Please Join Us In Supporting The ZeroWasteCampaignNYC

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:17 pm    Post subject: Please Join Us In Supporting The ZeroWasteCampaignNYC
From Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:00 am to Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:59 am (included)
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April 9, 2007

The Honorable Michael Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
City Hall
New York, New York 10007

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,


You are leading an effort to make NYC more sustainable in the future. However, we are embarked on a fundamentally unsustainable policy concerning solid wasteóover 80% of our waste is being exported for disposal. This situation exists despite the Solid Waste Management Planís ambitious goal for recycling.

In discussions of energy and global warming, solid waste is often ignored or poorly considered. Based on EPAís work on climate change and waste, NYCís current recycling program which recycles 641,476 tons per year of materials is offsetting greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.9 average power plants or 4.6 million barrels of oil. As a result NYCís recycling is reducing 519,000 MTCE (metric tons of carbon equivalents) of greenhouse gas emissions. (US Climate technology cooperation gateway -http://www.usctcgateway.net/tool/)

Recycling benefits are impressive but we can do more. We are only recycling 17.4% of Sanitation collected waste. We must work together to create a more sustainable path on solid waste. Based on your preliminary budget for FY Ď08 export will cost the City $108 per ton with potential increases by 2011 to close to $150 per ton. Total costs for waste disposal and export will be $329 million in 2008. By comparison recycling will cost only $29.6 per ton for a total cost of $19 million in 2008. (Collection costs were not included here for waste and recycling.) What these figures indicate is that NYC recycling is handling 17.4% of the waste stream on 5.5% of the funding, while disposal gets 94.5% of the funding. It is perfectly clear that recycling offers more environmental benefits and is more cost-effective than export and disposal. So why are you giving recycling so little funding?

Adequately funding recycling is essential to controlling high future disposal costs. Yet the preliminary budget offers no opportunity for recycling to grow--- it is getting too little funding.
Recycling needs 10% of the funding--- thatís 10 cents on the dollar to be able to deliver a growing program for NYC. If we can raise the recycling rate by just 10%, we would save the City $23.7 million/yr and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 272,000 MTCE/yr.

My dime, attached, indicates my desire to spend taxpayer dollars on RECYCLING, a more responsible and sustainable solution for waste.


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