With much fanfare, the city announced a new public space recycling pilot program last month at the Staten Island Ferry Terminals. Six locations across the city are getting blue and green recycling bins to encourage people to separate their glass bottles and newspapers from regular trash. Not a groundbreaking idea, an important step for the city to expand its recycling efforts.
We hope the pilot program works, but there's some doubt about New Yorkers' abilities to recycle. For instance, the Staten Island Advance's Lisa Schneider spotted evidence the new initiative isn't quite taking off. And everydaytrash looked at the audience this program is targeted at:
Things I have seen in or around the Staten Island ferry terminals:
- A man sitting on a newspaper vending machine, swinging his legs and waving a hand gun.
- Pigeons riding escalators.
- Tired MTA workers on their way home.
- The sons and daughters of transit workers, firemen, immigrants and mafiosi pouring off of boats and stepping onto Manhattan Island.
- The sons and daughters of transit workers, firemen, immigrants and mafiosi crowding around the doors as the next boat pulls in, wishing for the day and commute to be over.
- Drunks bickering over polished wooden bench seats.
- Pacing hookers.
- Bright-eyed young tourist couples excited for a free boat ride and a view of the Statue of Liberty.
Things I have never seen in or around Whitehall and St. George terminals:
- Someone who looks like he’s about to recycle the bottle in that brown paper sack.
Today, Union Square
got an official visit about the recycling bins: The Parks Department sent over a photo of the new bins (which have been there for a few weeks), Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and NYC Wasteless figures.
Photograph by Malcolm Pickney for NYC Parks & Recreation