The Case Studies listed here are from the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. We will be developing new case studies from the work of the Center, and collecting case studies from others worldwide. Search case studies by category or name.

Battery Park City, NYC

Battery Park City, NYC

In 2006, construction of the new World Trade Center site led to an explosion in the rat population. The BPCA responded by amending the neighborhood plan to include several shared loading areas equipped with 35 cu yd compactor containers. See Case Study pdf.
The Solaire

The Solaire

The Solaire is one of the city’s first buildings to collect organicsin equal convenience locations. Each floor has a waste room with a trash chute and separate bins for metal, plastic, glass and paper. The rooms are serviced several times a day, with recycling and organics removedas required. See Case Study pdf.
Grand Millennium

Grand Millennium

The Grand Millennium has a bisorter and turntable system. Residents use the control panel alongside the chute door to choose MGP, trash or paper which travel through the same chute. A bisorter in the cellar, at the chute’s base, sends the trash into a vertical compactor and the recyclable streams into a six-bin turntable system. […]
Avalon Fort Greene, NYC

Avalon Fort Greene, NYC

Avalon Fort Greene, designed by Perkins Eastman Architectsand completed in 2010, is one of many new high-rises in downtown Brooklyn. This 41-story luxury rental building is unusual, though,in that the developer and property management company Avalonbay Communities forgoes DSNY collection, opting instead to pay a private hauler to remove waste from the 636-unit building.The building […]
Stuy Town

Stuy Town

To date, StuyTown is the largest housing development participatingin DSNY’s curbside organics pilot. Each building has compost bins on the ground floor, which are emptied three times a week; collecting over five tons of compost per week. Although this is a substantial amount, calculations based on average waste generation for NYC indicate that this is […]
Clichy-Batignolles, Paris

Clichy-Batignolles, Paris

Gravity chutes are rare in Paris, as are waste rooms on residential floors. Instead, residents bring discards to bins in a waste room or courtyardat street level, even in brand-new developments. See Case Study pdf.