What Happens To NYC’s 3.2 Million Tons Of Trash | Big Business



New York City is one of the most wasteful cities in the world. But none of its trash is actually processed in NYC. It’s sent to waste-to-energy facilities and landfills as far away as Ohio and South Carolina. It takes a vast network of sanitation workers, trucks, trains, cranes, and barges — and $429 million a year — to get it there.

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What Happens To NYC’s 3.2 Million Tons Of Trash | Big Business

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  1. It walks the streets every day bitching and sounding rude pretending it’s the biggest tough guy on earth. This description covers the trash and the people

  2. The only way to stop the Waste is to stop people from having more children!!! The world is over populated and it will only get worse!!! We must reduce the numbers of people or mother nature will do it for us!!! Also stop all plastic water bottles and plastic bags at the groceries!!!

  3. Guy on keuka lake once told me I was a Garbological Engineer when I was picking up his trash. 🤔 Who would have guessed. Didn't even need to go to college. I spent more time trying not to get hit by other vehicles than I did thinking about garbage.

  4. Recycling with individuals sorting items has proved to be inefficient and is a major source of plastic pollution. What is required is a central facility on a township of land with a second adjacent township in reserve about fifty miles away from the nearest habitation to which highway and railway access has been cut.

    All manner of waste products should be sent to this facility without sorting and the material ground up and water added in order to turn it into a slurry. Nothing should end up in landfill. Movements to end the use of plastic grocery bags do not address the issue of what to do with the remainder in a culture where the use of plastic in every item is pervasive.

    Separation of different materials in a slurry is a well-established industrial process. Gritty material, metals, fibrous material, rubber, plastics and organics are separated out of the flow, as it heads downstream. Tons of gold and other valuable metals might be recovered each year. Fibrous material may be turned into fuel with which to power generators and supply electricity to the plant.

    Plastics should be compressed into bricks and stockpiled for the time being in order to be turned later into items like pavement or cooked under pressure with steam and turned back into petroleum products. For example, plastic might be mixed with sand and gravel and replace concrete sidewalks, turned into shingles, building panels, etc. Research will uncover a variety of ways to turn this material into useful products.

  5. It’s weird in so many ways. Many of the antiques and fine art in collections came from trash heaps at one point in their lifespans, a point when they were no longer new, maybe out of date or fashion and thrown out to be rescued. Sometimes it happens over and over again but if it’s all burned or dumped at sea or even buried under tarps, these things can never be rescued. Biggest lies 20th century was plastic is disposable and plastic is recycled.

  6. This is the side any marketing hides. It is very easy to release a product without caring about consequences once it is disposed. If you know how to build it you know how to dispose it, companies should be owners of the entire life cycle of the products they sell.

  7. I did garbage for a season, and it’s very physically demanding and taxing after a few months. I’m also a scrawny kind of guy so it’s on my behalf too but still no joke.

  8. Honestly it’s disgusting how much the city doesn’t recycle. I’m from Korea and we literally have a section for everything. This is just pure laziness, lack of government oversight, and individual effort.

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