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How to Cut Plastic Bag Use in New York City - And Beyond

Image: Timothy Krause, via Flikr

 (Image: Timothy Krause, via Flikr)

Every time I see a plastic shopping bag blowing down a sidewalk, I make the effort to pick it up and bring it to the trash or recycling. That’s because here in New York City, plastic bags can wind up in a river, and eventually, the ocean where they can kill fish, birds, turtles. This horrifies me. And the numbers do, too.

Each year, New Yorkers use 5.2 billion plastic carry-out bags, and many of them end up as pollution. Plastic …Read More...

Getting to Zero Waste in New York City This Year

NYC Organics collection at the curbside

(Image: Uli Seit/ New York Times)

Have you been hearing about “Zero Waste” lately? It’s an international movement that now counts among its adherents big U.S. cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and Minneapolis. Most recently, New York City has taken its first steps down this road. On Earth Day 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced the city’s first Zero Waste plan, an attempt to rein in the costs and risks associated with disposing of the more than 10,000 tons of …Read More...

What NYC Can Learn From San Francisco’s Zero Waste Success

San Francisco recycling

(Image: TreeHugger)

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately better understanding my hometown of New York City’s incredibly wasteful ways. We New Yorkers generate 11 lbs. per person of waste per day and those of us working types, 4lbs. per day. With no active landfill or incinerators (Fresh Kills was briefly re-opened to house 9/11 waste and incinerators were nixed years ago as too dirty.), we spend $300 million per year shipping our waste to Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states. (A ‘yikes’ in here would be very appropriate.)

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