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Don't miss Think Zero LLC's first newslettercelebrating our anniversary, sharing some press we received, conversations with the New York City Department of Sanitation, and employee engagement ideas around waste reduction and diversion. Happy Holidays and here's to a great 2018! 


"Why Your Business Should Care About Reducing Waste"by Sarah Currie-Hapern, Brooklyn Progress

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"565 Broome Soho aims to be Manhattan’s first ‘Zero Waste’ residential high rise", 6sqft.com

Think Zero LLC was featured on 6sqft.com for its work to help make 565 Broome Street a Zero Waste building, read the article here.


"Zero Waste NYC– Implications for Businesses", By Ushma Pandya Mehta, Triple Pundit

Trash poses a problem for cities – litter, pollution, smell, rodents, and the high cost of disposal.  More broadly, trash means that we are ever consuming – using up resources and endangering our health and that of the planet and wildlife.  Across the globe, cities are taking aggressive action to support reduction in trash to landfill and incineration, with important implications for businesses (and residents). 

In NYC, the daily disposal of trash is highly visible.  Given the number of people who walk through the streets, corner trash bins are usually overflowing by the end of the night.  Given the sheer volume of buildings and homes, there is nightly trash pick-up across most neighborhoods in the city.  Ubiquitous black bags of trash are piled up high outside of each building.  The bags usually smell, especially during the summer months, and rats can be seen scurrying around.    

Overall the US has terrific sanitation systems, so Americans do not need to live with the trash we create, as it simply “goes away” once we put it on the curb.   Americans throw out anywhere from 4-7 lbs of trash per person per day, with the US generating over 240M tons of garbage a year – almost a quarter of the waste produced in the world.  According to a report by Save on Energy, the US recycled 34.3% of its garbage in 2015 (an all-time high).

Since the term Zero Waste came into circulation a few decades ago, cities globally are adopting “zero waste goals.” 
Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the design of resources so that all products are reused and nothing is sent to landfill or incineration.  

Read the rest of the article on Triple Pundit.


Think Zero Co-Founder and Partner, Sarah Currie-Halpern presented on U.S. EPA webinar- Taking Out Takeout Waste: New Approaches in New York City.

Read a description of the webinar, see the presentations and listen to an audio file of the webinar here.