New York generates more than 14 million tonnes of trash per year. And to deal with its massive amount of waste, the city brings in 1,668 city collection trucks, 248 private waste hauling companies and a global network of both temporary and permanent facilities.
In a recent article by The Guardian, Max Galka showcases the city’s waste in numbers.
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As the largest city in the world’s most wasteful country, New York generates more than 14 million tonnes of trash each year; reputedly (though possibly inaccurately) more than any other city in the world.
Not only that, New York is also America’s densest city: its narrow, traffic jammed streets make collecting all that garbage a logistical Gordian knot. And New York is located smack in the centre of the Northeast megalopolis, a giant urban expanse where available land for disposing of garbage is in short supply.