Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Fucking Recycling Laws Have Changed

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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Plastic bottle cap
My old rule of thumb for recycling in New York City was that if it's plastic, you probably can't recycle it. The old exception was bottles: soda bottles, tonic bottles, seltzer bottles—you know, the leftovers from your cocktail-parties-for-one. This is no longer accurate, however, because NYC now accepts various forms of "rigid plastic." What the fuck is that? Well, for starters, bottle caps, for all you jerks who were screwing bottle caps back onto plastic bottles before you recycled them. (They were not recyclable under the old rules; in general, you should never screw a bottle cap back onto an empty bottle. It's not like they're friends and want to go to garbage-dump heaven together.)

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Henry Stewart is the Culture Editor at The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine. He has always lived in Brooklyn.

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