We are continually working to improve environmental health and well-being of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and this weekend is no different. NAG is gearing up to co-host two exciting events on Saturday and Sunday that work to inform the public on how solid waste should be handled.
The first of these events is on Saturday, September 12th for the last Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint cleanup. NAG has partnered with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce to pick up litter in the neighborhood and beautify our streets. This is the 4th and final cleanup day, and so far we’ve picked up over 1,160 pounds of litter! All of the litter collected during these cleanups will be analyzed to find out how much is recyclable. We will then use this information to make recommendations to the city for where new trash and recycling bins should be placed in Greenpoint. New receptacles are to be installed in early 2017.
The second event takes place on Sunday, September 13th: we will be partnering with TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint and Common Ground Compost to promote environmentally friendly waste management. TASTE WG is an annual benefit to support the renovating of the former Engine Co. 212 Firehouse into the Northside Town Hall Community Center (and the future home of NAG!). TASTE WG will host over 40 local restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries, with live music in East River State Park.
With so much excitement, NAG wants to ensure that the waste stream for this event is sustainable and efficient. That’s where Common Ground Compost comes in. CGC will serve as our trash ambassadors, monitoring and managing all waste stations, helping attendees sort recyclables and decontaminating when necessary, and coordinating with the hauler to make sure trash and recycling are set out for collection properly. In an attempt to reduce food waste, there will also be a food donation option for vendors at the end of the event. All food that is donated will go to the Bowery Mission.
While the mission of NAG has evolved over the years, this weekend’s events are homage to NAG’s original name: Neighbors Against Garbage. We hope to reinforce our original mission by not only fighting to reduce the burden of waste transfer stations in North Brooklyn neighborhoods, but also working towards reforming the waste stream in NYC all together. This is particularly important now, when NYC’s recycling rate is only 17%, which is a measly fraction compared to other cities. We hope these events will help inform people on the importance of recycling and proper disposal for reducing the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills and on our streets.
Even proper disposal mechanisms, such as new and improved trash and recycling receptacles proposed for 2017, will be useless if they are not used correctly. Educating residents about proper recycling through events like TASTE WG will facilitate this effort and hopefully lead to larger conversations about how solid waste is handled in North Brooklyn and New York City as a whole.
If you’d like to join us for the last Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint and a free lunch, please RSVP here. We will be meeting on the front lawn of the Greenpoint Reformed Church at 10:00am.
Sunday’s TASTE WG event will take place all day at East River State Park on Kent Avenue. To buy tickets and find out more, visit their website: http://www.tastewg.com/.