Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint 2019-06-11T18:39:20+00:00

Project Description

Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Project Partners: NYC Department of Sanitation; ClosedLoops; Placemeter; the Center for Urban Pedagogy; New York University for Urban Science and Projects; The CUSP Open Trash Observatory; North Brooklyn Neighbors (formerly Neighbors Allied for Good Growth); and NYC Community School District 14 including: Frances Perkins Academy, Automotive High School, John Ericsson M.S. 126, P.S. 110 The Monitor School, P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry, and P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont
Project Location: Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant: $471,600
Matching Contribution: $63,647
2017 Budget Addition: $15,000
Fact Sheet: Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint PDF
Project Status: Completed (May 2018)

In 2014, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce received a GCEF grant of $471,600 (and provided $63,647 in matching funds) to address structural deficiencies and behaviors that lead to litter problems in Greenpoint. The project involved an anti-litter strategy conducted in three overlapping phases:

  • Phase 1, an on-the-ground assessment of litter in Greenpoint
  • Phase 2, a coordinated educational and outreach campaign, involving local students and businesses, to promote proper litter disposal
  • Phase 3, the implementation of infrastructure improvements, including adding 50 more litter receptacles throughout the neighborhood

The project increased the prevalence of litter containers in the community, improved neighborhood solid waste management, and promoted the participation of Greenpoint residents and visitors alike as litter stewards.

In 2017, through a competitive process, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce was awarded $15,000 in additional funding to expand the amount of high-end, performance litter baskets that will be installed on Franklin, Manhattan, and Nassau Avenues as well as to enhance the service to these cans.

 The project website can be found at:

  • Worked with ClosedLoops, a sustainable infrastructure planning and development firm, to produce a litter analysis of the Greenpoint community, assessing sources of litter and overall cleanliness.
  • Built a project website to educate the Greenpoint community on reducing and disposing of waste.
  • Provided a platform on the website through which residents and members of the business community can collaborate on solutions to litter issues in the community.
  • Convened 12 neighborhood cleanup days which covered 599 blocks in Greenpoint; 945 volunteers collected and removed 8,711.45 pounds of trash from Greenpoint streets.
  • Collaborated with 15 students from Frances Perkins Academy to complete a year-long, 120-hour program that investigated the question: “Where does our trash go and who decides?” The program culminated in the production of an acclaimed documentary video,“Talking Trash: Throwing Out The Big Apple,” to share what the students learned with others in the community.
  • Developed a curriculum guide for 8-12th grade educators and neighborhood leaders. 18 educators were trained and 150 copies of the guide have been distributed to Greenpoint educators, as well as schools in the Bronx and Williamsburg.
  • Developed and launched a “Clean Greenpoint” pledge for local businesses to improve Greenpoint’s environment and public realm.
  • Installed 50 new litter baskets on priority intersections in the community.

Curbing our litter (Greenpoint Star, July 15, 2017)

Clean up Greenpoint, and keep it clean, with this interactive map ( Brooklyn, March 31, 2016)

Greenpoint has a Litter Problem but this Interactive Map is Here to Help ( Brooklyn, November 4, 2015)

Curb Your Litter Maps Greenpoint’s Garbage (The Brooklyn Paper, November 4, 2015)

Curb Your Litter Hits Greenpoint Streets (, June 26, 2015)