Getting to Zero: A Look at How New York City Handles Waste

he average New Yorker generates at least 15 lbs of waste at home and 9 lbs at work. I can attest to the 9 lbs being true. I used to buy breakfast, lunch, snacks and coffee in single-use, plastic containers that are then bagged in plastic. I had my own personal trash bin for goodness sake. I've picked up new habits since then thankfully.

One of the biggest challenges the city of New York has is that it doesn't have a say in what they collect. They don't have a voice in how products are designed, what kind of packaging is being used and therefore, the sanitation department must analyze the trash they collect often to see how their collection and sorting process needs to change. For example, newspapers was one of the most popular items they collected, however, the rise of electronic devices decreased this type of trash. Unfortunately though, internet shopping generated an increase in cardboard boxes which is heavier to transport than newspapers so they had to figure out a way to manage this new kind of waste such as where and how to recycle.

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Explore: An Eye Opening Weekend at Open House New York 2016

Open House New York Weekend is an opportunity to visit some of city's most architecturally and culturally significant sites.  It begs you to start a conversation about architecture, public space, and the future of urban life.

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Best Place to See the New York City Skyline

New Jersey's proximity to New York City makes it an ideal spot to find the best place to see the New York City skyline.

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