New York City’s Garbage Problem

New Yorkers are not avid recyclers. The city recycles just 17 percent of household waste, and that means a lot of garbage is hauled to landfill every year, to the tune of $300 million. The Sanitation Department would like to change that, and it’s looking into the possibility of charging – or rewarding – households according to what they throw out. This Marketplace story looks at the problem and how the solution might play out in a city whose population is on track to reach nine million by 2040.

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