2017 DSNY Waste Characterization Study

From DSNY's April 3rd, 2018 press release

What’s in the Trash?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018


What’s in the Trash?

NYC Department of Sanitation Releases Waste Characterization Study

Study Looks at How Much Material New Yorkers “Throw Away” in Our Recycling Bins and Trash Cans

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced the release of its 2017 NYC Residential, School, and NYCHA Waste Characterization Study, the latest look at what New Yorkers put in their trash, recycling, and organics bins.

Results from the study include:

    • New Yorkers are producing less waste at home than ever before— and 68 percent of what we do throw away belongs in a curbside organics or recycling bin.
    • Organics—including food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste—are the largest and still growing category of waste, representing the biggest opportunity for New Yorkers to divert waste from landfills.
    • After New York State implemented an electronic waste disposal ban, e-waste has declined by 60 percent.
    • New Yorkers are best at recycling cardboard and most often forget to recycling aluminum.
    • Cartons and aseptic boxes—including milk and juice cartons—are the most commonly misplaced recyclable items.

    See the full study here: http://nyc.gov/wastestudy.