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Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trash - YouTube

New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a rese...
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Thoughtful viewing for a Friday afternoon.

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Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Present Architecture presents its Green Loop concept to tackle NYC’s garbage problem with added parkland.
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Very interesting!

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#BrownBin: The de Blasio Family on Food and Waste Recycling - YouTube

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The Mayor of NYC and his family demonstrate how they use their brown compost bin in this new ad.


An example of good outreach strategy. This video is launched with the Twitter hashtag #BrownBin to spread the word around the city.


Stay tuned for the next episode of The Organic Stream in which we speak with a member of the DSNY about this new curbside collection program in New York!

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A Mission to Separate Organic Waste in New York City Trash

A Mission to Separate Organic Waste in New York City Trash | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott, sanitation workers, are on a mission to transform the way New Yorkers deal with food waste.

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Things are getting serious in New York.


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New York City joins Milan and Ljubljana in the commitment to collect organic waste in densely populated city centres.

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New York's curbside composting program hits bump in the road to landfill diversion - Mother Nature Network

New York's curbside composting program hits bump in the road to landfill diversion - Mother Nature Network | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Well, this stinks: The Delaware facility where New York City sends its compostable waste for processing has closed. So where's it being sent now?
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One of the best articles covering New York's current composting situation. A very big shame to hear the New York City composting pilot program has hit this snag in their journey.


For a mega city such as New York, changing habits and systems is a trial and error process that takes time. We spoke with Director of Department of Sanitation, Bridget Anderson back in August this year, who gave us a picture of the complexity, the challenges and the impressive scope of the pilot program.


A key factor in the contamination rate is the allowance of conventional plastic bags for collecting the organics. While this creates an incentive for participants to give it a try, it is by no means sustainable in the long run, or practical for facilities. This quote by Bridget Anderson sums up their current dilemma:


"We're stuck right now in this place where we're trying to encourage the front end behavior and also figure out how to manage the processing side," she said.  "So there's a little bit of a chicken-and-egg issue."


There are many lessons we can learn from New York, and we hope they will succeed in lowering the contamination rate and finding a suitable solution closer to home so they can reach their goal of a sustainable city-wide composting scheme.

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Winning Hearts And Minds: Outreach Strategies for Curbside Organics Collection: NYC Case Study

Winning Hearts And Minds: Outreach Strategies for Curbside Organics Collection: NYC Case Study | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

New episode of The Organic Stream out now! Director of Recycling Bridget Anderson discusses the DSNY's extensive outreach campaign for their curbside organic waste collection pilot program in New York City.

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NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting

NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Episode 21: Focusing on community composting in New York City with David Buckel, exploring how it can educate the public about sustainability, how it fits into a larger organics recycling system, and the challenges and opportunities composters face.
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The new season of The Organic Stream is out! In this episode, we take a detailed look at the growing community composting movement in New York City with David Buckel of Added Value Red Hook Community Farms in Brooklyn. He tells us about the integral role community composting plays in the city, calling on policy makers to commit to a sustainable vision that includes community composting and ensure against the dangers of friction between community composting and curbside collection schemes.


Thank you to ORBIS for making this episode possible.

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New York City Trying to Help Households Turn Waste Into Compost

New York City Trying to Help Households Turn Waste Into Compost | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A voluntary program in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is the latest phase of the city’s plan to convert residents into composters.
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Interesting article on the new organics collection and composting system in Brooklyn, and will be expanding to 70,000 more households.


The reactions from residents is particularly interesting and sheds a little light on the common barriers faced when introducing such a system. Fears about odour or pests were most common, and there is also a lack of enthusiasm or understanding about the benefits of the scheme which makes the effort of changing habits seem pointless, like this quote from a resident in the article:


 “It’s sort of an added burden that we have to take on along with the many things we take on to make things better for modern society.”"

Clearly we need to have more discussions about the benefits of composting - and demonstrate the results - to change people's minds!

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