New York City could lose a golden opportunity to generate up to 60,000 new jobs in the recycling industry if it does not address a number of concerns, according to a study conducted by the city comptroller's office.

If the city does not deal with some of the barriers that keep recycling companies out of the city, it may in fact get only 18,000 jobs, the study says. And, it notes, many of the new jobs would be low-skilled jobs -- of particular importance because the city has lost so many low-skilled manufacturing jobs.

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