Green Loop

New York, New York




The continuing impact of waste on the environment ensures that our waste management facilities must be better designed and integrated into our cities. Composting facilities do not need to be undesirable places. In addition to recycling waste and generating energy, these facilities can also be beautiful public parks, recreation areas, inspiring educational hubs, and community farms, located right here in New York City.

This proposal envisions a network of waterfront composting hubs along the city’s waterfront greenways. The entire network capacity is 50% of our annual organic waste, or about 1 million tons/year. This scheme dramatically reduces truck miles currently used to truck waste to far-flung landfills. At the same time, it leverages the existing transportation infrastructure along NYC’s rivers, and addresses “borough equity” in the handling of our waste.



Program: Composting Infrastructure Masterplan
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Christian Scharzwimmer
Collaborators: Arup
Status: Proposal
Year: 2013