Track trash and new sanitation rules in NYC

Posted at 12:38 AM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 00:38:55-04

SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — New Yorkers are known for their creativity and if there's one thing everyone creates everyday, it's trash.

Officials estimate only about half of what can be recycled ends up at the SIMS Recycling Plant in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Mayor de Blasio has pledged to eliminate waste to landfills by 2030. The Sanitation Commissioner says composting will help try to eliminate food and yard waste from the stream. Brown bins have been distributed to about 700,000 neighbors in New York City. The program is on track to be a city-wide requirement at the end of 2018.

Check out where you can drop off large items and food waste here.

Earlier in May, New York City Council passed a 5-cent bag fee for grocery carry-out bags. The petroleum-based bags can be recycled at stores, but they often clog up recycling machinery.

City officials say they will make a case for recycling that includes the program's environmental and fiscal impacts.