Zero Waste NYC:
How can large cities like New York City divert waste from landfills in a sustainable and equitable manner?
New York City’s OneNYC plan attempts to reach zero waste by 2030; because waste is such a significant sustainability issue and requires various scales of engagement, this case reviews several components of NYC’s proposed solutions to big city waste.
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Waste is a significant (but undervalued) urban sustainability issue, both locally and globally. New York City is the largest city in the U.S. with a significant waste footprint. Waste is sent to other localities throughout the state and region, often areas primarily populated by communities of color, rather than dealt with locally. However, in 2015, Mayor de Blasio spearheaded the One New York City campaign with a specific focus on sustainability and zero waste by 2030 (0 x 30), one of the world’s largest commitments to sustainable waste management. The case will highlight the successes, challenges, and future points of direction for New York City and its Zero Waste Initiative. Is Zero Waste truly achievable in the largest city in the United States?