New York City Wants To Go Zero Waste By 2030

Written by Emi Boscamp

It's definitely ambitious — but is it unrealistic?

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his expansive plan, called "OneNYC," to reduce the city’s waste disposal by 90% — or three million tons — by 2030 and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. This move is part of the mayor’s revision to PlaNYC, an environmental roadmap initiated by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He plans to do this by offering single-stream recycling (no need to separate!) by 2020 and reducing the use of plastic shopping bags and other non-compostable waste. So far, this seems to be working for San Francisco, which always seems to be five steps ahead of the rest of the country.

But of course, de Blasio anticipates some backlash from New Yorkers.

"I don’t blame anyone that’s cynical," he said. "I represent 8.5 million jaded people."

Clearly, the largest obstacle between us and de Blasio's vision is laziness. It may seem like a simple fix (stop being lazy?), but no one — especially not a New Yorker — wants to be inconvenienced. Hopefully, by making recycling less complicated (think recycling chutes next to trash chutes), it'll become second nature. 15 years should be more than enough time to acclimate, but who knows.

You can read more about the plan — which also includes raising the minimum wage in New York City to $15 an hour — here.

(h/t CBS NY)

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