New York’s Zero Waste Challenge

wasteThe city of New York is taking steps to make its businesses more environmentally-friendly. By June, over 30 businesses in the city are committing to half the trash they send to landfills.  This Zero Waste Challenge forms part of the mayor’s goal to decrease NYC’s waste output by 90% by the year 2030.  De Blasio plans on doing this through: compositing, reduced packaging and recycling.

But the city is not just requiring businesses to be a part of this effort.  The man in the street can take part as well.  The city is seeking to make composting and recycling very accessible.  Already one can compost at home, become part of NYC’s Sanitation’s Organics Collection Pilot Program, take food and scraps to a residential drop off site, or to participating Greenmarkets which will take household food scraps to one of the compost sites for you.  They will then be converted into a fertile soil amendment and be used for local urban farming and gardening projects.

Truth is, this isn’t New York’s first initiative with recycling by any means.  Take Just Water run by Grace Jeon (who thinks tap water is the best kind of water and Just Water a close second), since consumers still prefer the convenience of bottled water, her company is “making the best out of a bad situation.” Why? Because the labeling comes from Forest Stewardship Council-certified trees. The fully-recyclable bottles, are made out of 53 percent paper (with the rest being made from plastic and a minimal amount of aluminum).  And the firm’s most recent initiative was its new bottle that has a portion made from plant-based plastic derived from sugar cane. Overall, the bottle is way less harmful than standard bottles to the environment and creates less carbon emissions than energy-intensive plastic.