Category: Case Studies

TheMART is owned and operated by Vornado Realty Trust. To maximize diversion rates, Vornado has designed shared building spaces and waste storage areas to promote proper separation of recyclables and organics. Building staff use tilt trucks to move office tenants’ waste and recycling materials through service corridors to a loading dock. Retail tenants transport their […]

For buildings that house diverse businesses, it can be a challenge to promote building-wide, sustainable waste management. Starrett Lehigh— a 2.3 million sq ft commercial building, is doing this through strong tenant collaboration and innovation.An eco-team has been established at the block-wide building to reduce waste generation and encourage the separation of organic waste by […]

The Park Slope Food Coop is a consumer-owned grocery store sellinga million dollars worth of groceries a week—more than double the persq ft sales of an average Whole Foods. Yet it occupies a surprisingly small space. Over the years, the co-op has instituted a number of initiatives to reduce waste. Much of the food, from […]

Etsy’s Brooklyn headquarters occupies 200,000 sq ft of a nine-story building constructed in 1924. The renovation, by Gensler, was designed to be zero waste within both its construction and its ongoing operations. Etsy formalized its zero waste vision in 2017 by publicly announcing their commitment to run zero waste operations globally by 2020. Since then, […]

Every location of the Italian marketplace Eataly, which offers groceries, restaurants and cooking demos, was designed to ease the separation of organics from trash and recycling, thereby allowing waste to move efficiently through the building. And recently, the chain embarked on a plan to optimize recycling at all its sites, starting in Boston. See Case […]

Vitry-sur-Seine is a diverse city of 90,000 outside Paris where 75%of residents live in apartment buildings, a third of which is public housing. In 2008, as the city embarked on a major urban renewal project to improve conditions in several of its public housing estates and to develop an interurban tramline, Vitry was also revisiting […]

The Hague is the Netherlands’ third-largest city. Until recently, door- to-door collection of refuse in bags or wheeled bins was the norm, with residents carrying recyclables to shared containers on certain “recycle streets.” The city struggled to keep its narrow streets clean because seagulls pecked open bags left out for collection, strewing garbage and making […]

Roosevelt Island is a planned community of 14,000 in the East River, between Manhattan and Queens. The 1969 master plan by Philip Johnson and John Burgee envisioned a full-service community without cars.28 Tasked with finding a way to remove trash without trucks, engineers installed a pneumatic tube network—the first such system for municipal solid waste in […]

Punts verds (Catalan for “green points”) are small recycling centers installed in plazas and parks. Barcelona developed the semi-permanent staffed facilities to provide residents with opportunities to drop off household hazardous waste, recyclables and smaller bulk items within walking distance of their homes. Punts verds complement larger recycling centers with vehicle access on the outskirts […]