Today, the New York Environmental Report published an in-depth feature on Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint. The article tells the story of how the project came to be along with informative facts about waste in North Brooklyn:
“In Greenpoint, the long-grubby Brooklyn neighborhood of working-class family homes and industrial workshops, there have historically been few street-corner trashcans and persistent heaps of commercial trash dumped on quiet blocks. And yet the sale price per square foot there rose from $539 in 2011 to $914 in 2014.
The influx of new New Yorkers driving prices up all over the city, of course, produces more trash. Services and infrastructure that existed before prove inadequate. But in Greenpoint, for which a zoning map looks like a Tetris board of commercial, residential, and public spaces, handling that new level of trash has proven particularly difficult.
According to data from the city, Greenpoint and Williamsburg (Community Board 1) compare somewhat poorly to other neighborhoods in the borough when it comes to the cleanliness of their streets and sidewalks. North Brooklyn’s streets are also less clean than they were two years ago.
Add to that the fact that an estimated 7,000 tons of the city’s garbage is trucked to North Brooklyn every single day, and you have an exceedingly complicated neighborhood challenge. What to do?”