Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
City Council to Overhaul Recycling Rules
Monday, April 12, 2010
New York, NY —
A slew of legislative proposals would mark the biggest expansion of city recycling in over 20 years. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the effort in the City Council.
REPORTER: If you're the kind of armchair environmentalist who wants to do their part but are too confused to sort the right plastics from the wrong plastics, this legislation may clarify things for you. The council intends to make all hard plastic items recyclable including takeout containers, flower pots and little medicine bottles.
It will also place hundreds of recycling bins around the city projecting that 8000 tons of plastic will avoid going to landfills or incinerators each year. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the city will actually end up saving money because it costs a lot less to recycle something than dispose of it in a landfill. Environmental groups have signed on and the Bloomberg administration says it looks forward to working with the council on the measures.