A waste recycling program in New York City could see an increase in the number of people coming to the recycling center, a program that has been in place for a few years, said Matt Stoll, vice president of public affairs for the New York-based National Association of Reusable Recycling Organizations (NARRO).
“There’s a lot of excitement about it because people see it as a solution to a problem,” he told Polygon.
“There’s no question in our mind that recycling is going to be a big part of what we do.”
The program has been around for a couple of years and, so far, has seen an increase of about 30 percent per year, according to Stoll.
“It’s a little bit of a mixed bag,” he said, noting that the organization has seen a few instances of people dropping off recyclables that have been in storage for a long time.
“They’ve seen some of them being put into a recycling bin, but there’s a couple things that are different with that program,” he added.
Stoll said that the NARRO is hoping that the city’s efforts to get rid of lead paint and other hazardous materials will help the program get a boost, but it’s also hopeful that other municipalities will take up the initiative.
“If there’s an area where there’s some demand and some people are interested in recycling, we would love to partner with them,” he continued.
“We’d love to have a partnership that would be in line with what the market demands.
But we’re also going to do our part to get them in there as quickly as possible.”
The NARLO’s recycling program has seen some successes in recent years.
For example, the organization was able to see a 10 percent increase in trash collected in 2015.
“It was a pretty significant year,” Stoll said.
“So we’re hopeful that we’ll see a similar uptick in the next year.”
Stoll also said that if a municipal government decided to make the program more efficient and expand the program to other areas, it could also increase the number, and potentially even increase the total amount of waste it takes to recycle.
“I think it’s a good idea to take it a step further and look at some other ways that municipalities could take advantage of recycling programs,” he concluded.