Category: Residential Building

New York and Toronto have a lot in common, including the complexityof reducing waste generated in multifamily buildings. Almost half of Torontonians live in apartments, and this group recycles and composts in significantly lower numbers than those in single-family homes. Communication is particularly challenging because a third of residents are immigrants and numerous languages are […]

Strivers Gardens, completed in 2005 by Davis Brody Bond LLP, is a full-service 170-unit condominium in Harlem. Building manager Martin Robertson uses Strivers Gardens’ online communication system, Building Link, to encourage everyone in the building to play a part in proper waste disposal. See Case Study pdf

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.

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, 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 […]

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 […]