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Remember the pilot program that the MTA put in place to try to reduce subway garbage by counterintuitively removing garbage cans from platforms? The theory went that all those riders, once they found out that there was no appropriate receptacle, would tuck away their trash until it was time to dump in an appropriate receptacle. Oh, MTA, you gentle dreamers! What actually happened is that people just threw their empty wrappers and broken umbrellas and cold...
The thought of a swarm of ants may be disconcerting (particularly if they're in your apartment), but, according to a recent study, those little dudes are goddamn garbage-eating heroes. That's right: Ants that live in the medians and sidewalks of New York City turn out to be a vital part of the sanitation system. A team of researchers found that just the ants living in the medians on Broadway can eat about 60,000 hot...
Two years ago, the New York City Department of Sanitation began rolling out a test composting program in certain New York City neighborhoods to help reduce the endless amount of waste that New Yorkers throw out everyday. Composting, as community garden enthusiasts can tell you, is a great way to recycle organic waste. It turns your old banana peels and apple cores into fertilizer, which means that the organic waste that composes thirty-one percent...