Green Teens are Getting Trashy!!!
By Diana Benlevy, Sustainability Initiatives Intern
This summer, the interns from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s Sustainability Initiatives Office have teamed up with interns from Arsenal West as well as the Green Teens in northern Manhattan to focus on one important aspect of environmental stewardship: public recycling! In an attempt to promote an anti-litter campaign, the group decided to obtain accurate measurements of exactly what kind of trash is being thrown away in Anne Loftus Playground, Dyckman Fields, Payson Playground, and Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan. In order to find out what gets accumulated in the trash bins, the team has been conducting biweekly waste audits where they sort through trash bags in certain areas of the parks (baseball dugouts, children’s playground, soccer field etc), and divide the accumulated trash into the following categories: plastic, metal, and glass (or mixed materials), paper, and actual trash. After sorting the trash, it is weighed with a sensitive digital scale and the measurements for each bag are recorded on a spreadsheet.
|The Waste Audit Team posing with the recycling they rescued from the landfills!|
|Northern Manhattan Green Teens collecting data.|
|Sorting through the garbage to collect recyclable bottle and jugs.|