NEW YORK (AP) Kids’ toys can be recycled.
Children can wear the same clothes for the rest of their lives.
They can eat the same food.
They even have a home.
But there’s one big caveat: They must never use the products.
New York City launched its zero-waste initiative in April, which aims to end waste that has been recycled, composted or otherwise reused.
But while that’s a good start, it’s still a long way from making a dent in the city’s landfill.
The city’s recycling fleet only has about 7,000 vehicles, according to the city Department of Sanitation.
That’s down from an all-time high of more than 100,000 cars and trucks before the initiative began.
The new pilot program also has a big challenge.
It’s too early to tell how much waste it will make the city more environmentally friendly, said David Siegel, the city manager for Waste Management New York.
But the city is aiming to start seeing significant improvements within three years.
So far, the pilot program has generated $30 million in public funds, the mayor said.
Siegel hopes to increase that figure to $100 million over the next four years.
He said New York City is committed to the zero-labor initiative, which it’s trying to roll out nationally.