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. Altogether, in NYC this adds up to more than 3 million tons of residential waste and another 2 million tons of commercial waste generated per year. To manage all of this waste, the City has developed a complex system to collect, transport, and dispose of waste. The City's waste transportation and disposal add up to more than 2 million tons of CO2e emissions per year, 4 percent of the City's total.
The Zero Waste program will dramatically reduce the amount of solid waste New Yorkers create and that the City and private haulers collect, transport and dispose of. In total the City plans to reduce our waste to landfill by 90 percent by 2030 relative to our 2005 baseline of about 3.6 million tons. Reducing solid waste will contribute toward the City's aggressive 80 x 50 carbon emission reduction goals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 3.8MMT of CO2e.