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GrowNYC Annual Report 2012 | Overview


GrowNYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education (OROE) helps residents better understand New York City’s recycling rules and establishes innovative programs to help the public reduce, reuse and recycle even more. New York City is a leader in recycling, but we can do more. The ever rising costs of refuse disposal make increased participation in the City’s recycling program continually important. Staff works with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to increase the percentage of recyclables diverted from the waste stream and to promote waste reduction, reuse, and composting efforts. Our efforts target areas where we can have the highest impact: NYC apartment buildings. With sometimes hundreds of residents in a building, staff educates and trains building service personnel and all occupants on the methods, requirements, and importance of recycling, including conducting building-specific waste audits. But we do a whole lot more …

Recycling: Fun Facts & Why It Matters

  • If NYC recycled every food and beverage can for a year, we would save the energy
    equivalent of 21 Million gallons of gas.  That’s like filling the tank of every yellow
    cab in NYC 100 times over.
  • If New Yorkers recycled all of their plastic bottles we could make enough carpeting
    to cover all of Manhattan below 14th St. each year
  • Food makes up 18% of NYC’s waste.  Drop off vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds
    and more for community composting at one of 25 select Greenmarkets.