Category: Work

Food waste is the part of garbage that makes it disgusting. When sealed in plastic bags with other trash, food waste putrefies, releasing foul odors and garbage juice, attracting rodents and roaches. When it winds up in landfills, food waste creates leachate and methane that pollute the land, waterways and air. But when food waste […]

Vital City commissioned an article by Clare Miflin and Benjamin Miller on how to best integrate waste containerization into New York City’s streetscapes so it can bring many more benefits than just hiding the trash.

DSNY will require all residential buildings with 1-9 units to purchase standard 2-wheeled bins to set out trash for collection, while buildings with 10- 30 units will have the option to purchase these bins. Our solution stages containers in the street to frees up the sidewalk for pedestrians and street life. Read more here.

While DSNY propose that large buildings with waste chutes should move their bags up to the street and lift into permanent containers in the parking lane, our solution allows them to push compacted waste directly to the curb, requiring less space, temporarily. This would also increase waste diversion rates and improve labor for building staff. […]

We are in support of NYC’s plans to containerize waste but recommend adjustments for large buildings and walk-ups to better integrate waste containerization into streetscapes and improve labor conditions for building porters. See our recommendations on how to reduce the street space taken up and eliminate permanent bins on sidewalks for small buildings and large buildings. […]

On behalf of the Save our Compost Coalition, Clare Miflin worked with Anneliese Zausner-Mannes and Gil Lopez of Big Reuse to present a teach-in on NYC’s Community Composting. View the full recording on Zoom using Passcode 3=r8j&sm See the slide deck here. April 22nd, 2024 Update: Since the Save Our Compost Teach-In in January, the […]

Clare Miflin, Center for Zero Waste Design participated in this panel discussion hosted by NYC’s Solid Waste Advisory Boards, alongside Justin Green of Big Reuse, Frank Franciosi of US Composting Council and Jane Gajwani of Department of Environmental Protection. The panel was introduced by Dior St. Hillaire of Bronx SWAB, GreenFeen and BK Rot, and […]

We evaluated current waste management on a 5 block stretch of Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn. Working with Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, who manage the Open Street, we designed solutions to reduce and containerize all residential, commercial and litter bin waste. Some of our recommendations are implementable immediately, and others require coordination with the city. Read the […]

The Center for Zero Waste Design and WXY have released an advocacy campaign calling on the incoming administration to deal with NYC’s trash issues. Put Waste to Work: For Vibrant Streetscapes, Green Jobs and Healthy Neighborhoods outlines a plan to get trash bags off NYC sidewalks and compost into soils. The plan lists strategies the […]

We are pleased to share our final report from our Design Trust Feature Grant from the Hong Kong Design Trust.  This work was done in collaboration with the Business Environment Council of Hong Kong and Circular Cities Asia, a platform of Renergii in Singapore. The project looks at the urban form, waste context, and initiatives in […]