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...
Waste Containerization for Small Buildings

Waste Containerization for Small Buildings

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...
Waste Containerization for Large Buildings

Waste Containerization for Large Buildings

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...
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...
Community Compost Teach-In

Community Compost Teach-In

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...