NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 12:50 p.m. ET) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to expand recycling in the city.
By next summer, Bloomberg hopes the city's recycling includes all rigid plastics, like yogurt cups and medicine bottles, when a new recycling plant under construction in Brooklyn is expected to begin operation, The New York Times reported. The number of recycling receptacles in public spaces also will increase from about 600 to 1,000 by 2014.
The mayor's plan calls for diverting 30 percent of the city's waste from landfills by 2017, up from the current 15 percent.
The plan also includes opening two compost yards for green waste and converting trash into electricity.