At Manhattan Mini Storage, we’re all about the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We support a cleaner, greener New York — not to mention a cleaner, greener planet!

So we were thrilled to read this morning about an expanded recycling program coming to the Big Apple. And it involves stuff you probably throw out every day.

Here are the details:

NYC Recycling Program Now Includes Rigid Plastics

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By The Associated Press

    New York City is expanding its recycling program to include such plastic items as shampoo bottles and food containers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday.

    The recycling program will include all rigid plastics but will still not include plastic bags.

    “If it’s rigid, recycle it. If it’s a plastic bag, no, that’s not rigid,” Bloomberg said.

    Other examples of rigid plastics include toys, hangers and coffee cups.

    Bloomberg said the recycling expansion will save 50,000 tons of waste a year from going to landfills – as much as a football field piled seven stories with plastics – and will save taxpayers almost $600,000 a year.

    Robert Kelman, president of North America Metals at Sims Metal Management, which sorts the city’s recycling, said the expansion of plastics recycling means “we are making New York City’s curbside program as inclusive as any in the nation.”

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