While life has returned to normal in most parts of the city in the Sandy’s wake, the city's recycling service is still out of commission. NY1’s Bobby Cuza explained that relief is on the way.
Subways are running, electricity’s been restored for most and trash pickup stated again long ago.
However, recycling, which has been suspended since Sandy’s start, has not resumed.
“The department will not be collecting curbside recycling, until further notice,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Earlier this week, Mayor Bloomberg announced regular trash pickup was being scaled back in order for the city’s Department of Sanitation to redeploy manpower to the city’s hardest-hit areas, where the need is more acute.
The issue with recycling, however, is different. The privately-operated facilities around the region that receive the city’s recyclables, in Hunts Point, Long Island City, Jersey City and on Staten Island, sustained damage in the storm.
It's unclear if New Yorkers know about the suspension, though, as they continue to place their bags of recycling on city sidewalks.
Recycling advocates like Eric Goldstein said suspending recycling sends the wrong message. Goldstein agreed that recovery efforts should be a priority but said recycling should not take a back seat to regular garbage pickup.
"It sends a bad message if you completely suspend recycling collections at the same time you’re trying to convince New Yorkers that it makes economic and environmental sense to participate in the recycling program," said Goldstein, who is a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
NY1 has been informed that relief will arrive this weekend. As of late Friday, all recycling facilities said they’re back up and running.
The city’s Department of Sanitation will resume recycling pickup on Sunday.