Don’t Kill Community Composting in New York City

Don’t Kill Community Composting in New York City

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...
“Where Trash Belongs,” Vital City

“Where Trash Belongs,” Vital City

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...
How to Improve Waste Containerization in NYC

How to Improve Waste Containerization in NYC

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...
The Absurd Problem of New York City Trash, NY Times

The Absurd Problem of New York City Trash, NY Times

We helped the NYT journalists to understand and visualize DSNY’s proposals for containerizing waste, and were quoted in their article: Clare Miflin, an architect and the executive director of the Center for Zero Waste Design, argues that a different scheme would better address these harder cases. In denser parts of the city, she suggests all small and midsize...
Press on DSNY Containerization Plans

Press on DSNY Containerization Plans

NYC Department of Sanitation is moving forward on containerization, a strategy we brought to the attention of city agencies in the collaborative development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines in 2017 and pushed to the forefront with our Put Waste to Work campaign and coalition building for the incoming Adams administration. But DSNY’s approach misses...
Bloom Nine Elms

Bloom Nine Elms

A new case study shows how waste is managed in large multifamily buildings with trash chutes in London. Chute compactors feed straight into 4-wheeled bins which are collected from a bin store room adjacent to the street. International manufacturer Hardall is now setting up in the US. See case study...