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Trash: New York City's $2 Billion Problem
Core Series
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:30pm
Wood Auditorium
Trash: New York City's $2 Billion Problem
With Kate Ascher, Marcia Bystryn, Venetia Lannon, and Samantha MacBride
Kate Ascher, Columbia University GSAPP
Marcia Bystryn, President, New York League of Conservation Voters
Venetia Lannon, Regional Director, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Samantha MacBride, Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College

What does one do with 15,000 tons of garbage a day? If you're New York City, you take it away by truck and throw it out—most of it in big holes in the ground in places as far away as Virginia and Ohio. What you don't do is source separate it, recycle it, or make energy from it, despite the fact that technologies to use garbage for beneficial purposes are established around the world. This panel of experts explains why New York's City's waste disposal system is stuck in neutral, and how to change it.
Photos by Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP