New York City generated over 3 million tons of household waste in 2015. This map follows its journey from the street curb to the other side of the world.

The long Journey of NYC solid waste

New York City generated over 3 million tons of household waste in 2015. This map follows its journey from the street curb to the other side of the world.

Non-recyclable waste is collected at the curb and deposited at a waste transfer station.

Paper and metal/glass/plastic recyclables are each collected separately and brought to handling and recovery facilities, where the material will be separated.

From there, non-recyclable waste is shipped to a landfill or waste-to-energy plant.

Paper and metal/glass/plastic recyclables are sold to domestic and international recyclers, often in China or India.

Total cost for collection and disposal: approximately $1.5 billion.


Max Galka via metrocosm.com


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