There is no “away” when it comes to waste. New York City produces more than 14 million tons of trash every year. Much of this trash travels to landfills or incinerators, or pollutes our streets and waterways. By encouraging residents to choose reusable items over disposable ones, expanding access to compost programs, and advocating for legislation to tax or ban single-use plastics, the City is working to change that. Together, New Yorkers can build a city where we use less, reuse more, and don’t waste at all.
New York City high schoolers are leading the charge against waste. In September 2018, MOS partnered with S’well to donate a reusable water bottle to every high schooler in New York City public schools, along with a simple challenge — bring it every day, everywhere you go, to everyone you love. Join the movement at http://bringit.nyc
One third of New York City’s waste comes from food waste. New York City has the largest curbside organics recycling program in the country, serving 3.3 million people. Residents who do not yet have access to curbside collection can still participate by bringing food scraps to drop off sites throughout the city. Find a drop-off site near you at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page/nyc-food-scrap-drop-off-locations