The Citizens Budget Commission wants New York to rethink how it pays for trash. And if they get their wish, you might want to rethink tossing that recyclable yogurt cup into the trash, because you'll be the one footing the bill.
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The CBC — a good-government group that lobbies New York City and the state to reduce wasteful spending — wants residents to pay more attention to what they throw away, and has just released a report suggesting that the city begin charging a variable fee for trash removal — one that would require those who waste the most to pay more. Currently, garbage disposal in New York is paid for by general tax revenues.
"New York City diverts less than half the material we could be diverting into recycling or composting," says Tammy Gamerman, senior research associate at the CBC. And the resulting trash often goes on a pricey road trip to an out-of-state landfill, she adds: "Right now, most of our garbage goes to Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania."More »