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Characterization of NYC’s Solid Waste Stream, 2000

The Characterization of NYC’s Solid Waste Stream report (part of the Waste Prevention Report Series published in 2000) provides the results of a material-specific waste composition analysis of the City’s solid waste stream. It was intended to help DSNY focus its resources more effectively on appropriate products and packaging to increase waste prevention and recycling, and to enhance DSNY’s ability to measure the impacts of its waste prevention programs.

Historically, waste composition analyses primarily focused on broad material categories. This report instead focuses on a variety of specific products and packaging chosen for their waste reduction potential.

Read the report