Hey NYC, great news for recycling your take-out containers!
Last Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the city’s biggest expansion of its recycling program in 25 years — you can now recycle hard plastics! While this may not sound so exciting, what it means is that your take-out and delivery food containers can now be tossed in the recycle bin. And you can start as soon as your next Seamless order tonight.
“Rigid” plastics like yogurt cups, take-out food containers, toys and CD cases that were previously unable to be recycled can now be tossed into the same bin as your plastic bottles and jugs. This will help all of the confusion and guesswork around recycling plastics and hopefully increase recycling overall. “Starting today, if it’s a rigid plastic — any rigid plastic — recycle it,” Bloomberg said in a statement. Check out this Huffington Post article for more info.
We are really excited about this news at Seamless. We take any efforts to help the environment very seriously here. Two weeks ago, we reported that Seamless members are increasingly choosing to be mindful of their eco footprint. In fact, eco-friendly orders where Seamlessers request restaurants to hold the utensils and napkins, increased by 155% from 2010 to 2011, and another 216% from 2011 to 2012!
So far in 2013, Seamless has processed an average of nearly 150,000 monthly green orders, accounting for more than one million napkins and sets of utensils, and expects to save millions more over the course of the year.
To sign up for eco-friendly ordering, just edit your delivery details in your account settings and select the option for “I’m eco-friendly! No plastic utensils or napkins, please.”
So don’t be afraid to chuck your take-out containers in the recycling bin now. Because recycling your take-out containers is much easier than doing the dishes.