Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) is excited to introduce our free Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint project! In coalition with Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants (BABAR) and Common Ground Compost (CGC), we will be working directly with local Greenpoint restaurants on sustainability best practices for waste management, waste audits/analysis and a sustainability materials pilot program.
NAG is spearheading this project in efforts to reduce restaurant waste to landfills and be redirected into recycling and composting initiatives. Imagine: Greenpoint can be the first neighborhood in New York City to tackle the restaurant industry’s waste issues from the ground up! If our whole neighborhood works together on this project, we can divert approximately 452,600 pounds of waste from restaurants and bars in Greenpoint per year- if not more!
Sustainability best practices is our educational and outreach section. We interviewed 15 different Greenpoint based establishments who had something to say in the name of sustainability. We wanted to create a platform bringing education from local businesses to local businesses. That’s why we created a specific survey that collected tips and tricks to be recreated into a brochure and workshop to share with the local industry. We are working on finalizing our educational brochure for restaurants to learn tangible tips for sustainability. Look forward to learning about food donation options, energy/water/waste saving tips and so much more!
Also, we are launching our reusable container take out container pilot program! CGC is currently looking into our options for logistics and here at NAG we are researching what Greenpoint restaurants would be good to work with! If you have any ideas- feel free to contact us. Stay tuned for updates on our pilot program! Although this is only a pilot program, we hope it grows past that. We have gotten some inspiration from Go Box– check out what they are doing in Portland and San Francisco!
CGC worked hard on our restaurant waste audits which results you can check out below. First, Common Ground Compost set up a time, in the evening and during closing, when they can spend time going through the various waste from an average day. Then, they weighed the waste and recorded the various types- trash, paper, cardboard, compost and glass/metal/plastic. This intensive waste audit allowed CGC to really see how these restaurants can improve on their waste system. Now that we’ve learned how much compost potential there is, we are working with haulers to implement. Our goal is to get a hauling company that can pick up our 6 audited restaurants waste, including compost, at a group discounted cost! It’s all about doing the research and redirecting waste from landfills!
New York City is pretty behind when it comes to commercial waste. Commercial waste refers to any establishment that is not residential or governmental. All offices, businesses, restaurants and shops are considered commercial businesses. These commercial businesses work with one of over 250 different waste hauling companies that travel all over the city picking up recycling, trash and compost and depositing it to waste transfer stations. By law, NYC restaurants must separate and label their waste inside the establishment, but when it comes to hauler pick up- this is not regulated. A lot of restaurants we’ve worked with throughout this project have voiced to us concern about the next step after they leave their trash and recycling bags on the curb.
The various charts below displays the results from Common Ground Composts Waste Audits with our six participating restaurants! We have left their names out for privacy purposes.
Funding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.