You'll have even less of an excuse not to recycle soon—Mayor de Blasio announced today his administration will roll out citywide single-stream recycling by 2020, as part of the city's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The city hopes that not requiring New Yorkers to separate their recyclables will "dramatically" increase the recycling rate, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as stipulated by the 2016 accord. Other Paris Agreement-compliant initiatives will include expanding the composting program citywide by 2018; implementing advanced energy codes for new buildings in 2019; developing at least 50 new miles of bike "network" annually by 2020, and powering municipal operations using 100% renewable electricity as soon as possible.
Earlier this year, Mayor de Blasio pledged to adhere to the Paris Accord regardless of whether or not the federal government chose to stay committed to it. Today's announcement outlined the city's first official Paris Agreement-compliant plans. "In the Trump era, cities have to lead the way when it comes to fighting climate change," the mayor said in a statement today, adding, "Hotter summers and powerful storms made worse by climate change are an existential threat to a coastal city like ours, which is why we need to act now."
In June, President Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the accord, even though the agreement was partially spearheaded by President Obama. Trump claimed the agreement, which has been upheld by nearly 200 countries and is considered the most important climate change-related agreement in history, would hurt American businesses, an argument has been disputed by environmental groups and many economists. The White House has since hinted it may reconsider pulling out of the agreement.