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If you're the Mayor and you announce a big recycling deal that will reduce NYC's recycling costs and bring a new plant to Brooklyn, it's time for a photo op with some trash. The NY Times' has a better picture by Shannon Stapleton of the Mayor in front of a lot of trash that makes Gothamist wonder if it was maybe a little more than smelly out there. Anyway, many people are excited about this new recycling deal, including the NRDC and other environmental groups. Again, Gothamist finds the economics of recycling versus landfilling interesting. From the NY Times:

The city now pays about $51 per ton to recycle metal, glass and plastic. During the first five years of the contract, the city will not pay more than $48 per ton. By contrast, the city would pay about $70 a ton to send the materials to be buried in a landfill.

So, of course, this deal seems like a no-brainer, but it turns out that finding companies to buy recycled glass and paper is a big obstacle. Newsday has a good chart that shows the percentage of our trash that is recycling - the Mayor's recycling program cuts are reflected.

Our readers had some interesting comments about the Mayor's recycling policy decisions and the possible scam of recycling; the most salient, though, was that people might just be consuming too much.