Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Project Update — Published July 13, 2016

Curb Your Litter worked with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and a group of students at Frances Perkins Academy to dig deeper into the complicated world of garbage infrastructure. Over the course of the 2015 – 2016 school year, the students created Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple, a documentary that explains who decides where our trash goes and how communities can have a say in these decisions.

The students uncovered some shocking stats about our waste system. For example, the city spends $300 million annually to export waste out of state, but only $17 million for AP college prep courses. AND- over 40% of the city’s waste transfer stations are housed in North Brooklyn. The group explored potential solutions to our trash problem applicable to Greenpoint and the rest of the city.

The students were led by Teaching Artist Dillion de Give and Assistant Emmanuella Soria Ruiz. The fabulous class that devoted hours of work to this film included: Randy Buggie, Amandalee Cabrera, Jordany Diaz, Malik Edwards, Destini Gibson, Angel Lopez, Nieya Olmo, Chris Ortiz, Sahjib Rashid, Maria Rodriguez, Samson Sutherland, Jairo Villar and Shonda Zephyr.