The city council is proposing to expand the kinds of plastic that can be recycled.
New legislation would also encourage the recycling of old clothing, batteries and household chemicals. Every public school would appoint a recycling coordinator and provide recycling bins in classrooms.
"All rigid plastics, everything would now be collected as plastic recyclables, except for thin plastic bags and plastic Saran wrap," said Eric Goldstein of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Council speaker Christine Quinn says the legislation would divert 8,000 tons of plastic from landfills and incinerators, annually. Mayor Bloomberg's office says it is reviewing the legislation and looks forward to working with the council on it.