Waste Not Want Not: NYC Zero Waste Design Guidelines

If we can reduce waste here, we can do it anywhere. From Building Green.

Waste is a design flaw. That’s the thinking behind the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, recently issued by the NYC chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The guidelines recommend a set of best practices for designing buildings, streets, and neighborhoods to reduce the amount of material that ends up in landfills. Designers, developers, and sustainability and waste experts worked together to create them.

The focus is on the nation’s biggest city, New York, where the Department of Sanitation collected, on average, 12,550 tons of waste every day last year.