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 city can implement to help circulate materials so reuse and repair comes before disposal; compact and contain waste so sidewalks are clean, with fewer rodents and trucks, and compost organic waste to regenerate soils and support green spaces.
Too often, city sidewalks are heaped with garbage bags. With garbage comes rats, odors, and litter, especially in under-resourced neighborhoods. Recent situations – flooding from Hurricane Ida, excessive street litter and rats, the importance of public space during Covid – have led many New Yorkers to realize that the city’s waste system needs to change.