in New York City may be in a dormant period, but grass roots are
beginning to sprout among companies that want their curbside programs
the city lost its glass and plastic recycling privileges in July
2002, residents also lost a Christmas tree recycling pickup service,
which was built into the budget of the now defunct New York City
Compost Project. Recycling advocates took this season's landfill-bound
trees as a cue to raise public awareness.
amazing to me that people aren't more upset about this,"
says Maite Quinn, managing
director of Sprint Recycling, a New York-based commercial paper
recycling company. Sprint helped to administer a two-day tree-collection
and recycling effort sponsored by Waste-Free NYC, an organization
funded by INFORM Inc., New York.
announced that it costs $1.8 million just for recycling the Christmas
trees; what does that entail? Does anyone ever ask about the breakdown
the numbers?" Quinn asks, adding that with two garbage trucks,
two drivers and five volunteers, Sprint collected more than 1,000
trees in three hours in Manhattan. The Sprint trucks transported
trees to one of 16 chipping sites INFORM had established in New
not enough money to actually go out there and recycle," Quinn
says, "so we have to use this money to teach people. The
more outreach you can do the better results you'll see. Recycling
groups in New York want to be involved with helping to make decisions
for the Department of Sanitation."