OneNYC: New York City’s Zero Waste Initiative

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The United Nations climate change summit in Poland got under way this week (Dec 3), opening with a stark message from Sir David Attenborough’s: “Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change.” The OneNYC initiative in New York City aims to tackle climate change one step at a time; starting with waste management, and subsequently aiming to go completely zero waste by 2030. OneNYC is well on the way to achieving its initial goals, as recent data shows. New Yorkers are producing less domestic waste than ever, despite their population increasing rapidly. NYC was the first city to align with the Paris Agreement; reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent . It has increased its solar power by 600% and enacted landmark environmental justice legislation to guide City decisions. There’s no doubt that the big apple is taking action. New York City wants to leave trash in the past, and move towards a cleaner and waste free future. 2015 saw the introduction of the OneNYC initiative, which contained a dense and comprehensive plan to reduce garbage output, increase green energy, make the roads safer, improve recycling rates, […]

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