What could be more festive in this holiday season than hourly news alerts from New York City “the garbage capital of the world” (11,000 tons produced daily)?
These past few days, inundated with images of New York City streets piled with snow and overstuffed garbage bags, we are reminded of how much garbage we actually produce. A few days of a garbage strike in New York, and we see what accrues to be jammed into landfills in just a short window of time.
It could be worse, according to Steve Cohen in the New York Observer. There was a time in the not-so-distant past when we dumped our garbage directly into the ocean. Worse.
Steve Cohen has an idea for Manhattan in his Observer article, involving waste-to-energy plants (already discussed on this blog) and automated city-wide composting. These solutions might be more costly to implement than the existing landfilling system, but I for one, would be encouraged to see my taxes headed toward proactive waste solutions.
Others have seen the positive side of the mountains of New York garbage. For just a short time, you can own your personal slice of New York City. Thank you for littering.