Zero Waste

The City will eliminate the need to send our waste to out-of-state landfills, thus minimizing the overall environmental impact of our trash.

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Challenges & Opportunities

Every week, the average New Yorker throws out nearly 15 pounds of waste at home and another nine pounds of waste at work and in commercial establishments. A complex system collects, transports, and disposes more than 6 million tons of waste annually -- but this system has an enormous impact on our neighborhoods, our environment, and our economy.

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Initiatives

With bold initiatives, we will become a worldwide leader in solid-waste management and achieve a goal of Zero Waste by 2030.

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Expand the New York City organics program to serve all New Yorkers by the end of 2018.

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Enhance the City's curbside recycling program by offering single-steam recycling by 2020.

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Reduce the use of plastic bags and other non-compostable waste.

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Give every New Yorker the opportunity to recycle and reduce waste, including at NYCHA housing.

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Make all schools Zero Waste Schools.

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Expand opportunities to reuse and recycle textiles and electronic waste.

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Develop an equitable blueprint for a Save-As-You-Throw program to reduce waste.

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Reduce commercial waste disposal by 90 percent by 2030.