By JONATHAN LEMIRE
NEW YORK (AP) _ New York City is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by more than 3 million tons by 2030.
The Zero Waste plan will include an overhaul and expansion of the city’s recycling program and provide incentives to businesses and residents to reduce waste.
Officials in Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (dih BLAH’-zee-ohz) administration tell The Associated Press the plan will be announced on Wednesday, Earth Day.
The plan is part of an update to the sustainability program known as PlaNYC, which de Blasio is rebranding OneNYC.
The city aims to reduce the amount of its waste by 90 percent from its 2005 level of 3.6 million tons.
New York’s garbage is shipped out of the city to one of five states.