Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint 2018-03-31T10:55:27+00:00

Project Description

Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Project Partners: NYC Department of Sanitation; ClosedLoops, Pacemeter; the Center for Urban Pedagogy; New York University for Urban Science and Projects; The CUSP Open Trash Observatory; 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: $232,680
2017 Budget Addition: $15,000
Fact Sheet: Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint PDF
Project Status: Ongoing

In 2014, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce received a GCEF grant of $471,600 (and provided $232,680 in matching funds) to address structural deficiencies and behaviors that lead to litter problems in Greenpoint. The project involves 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 will increase the prevalence of litter containers in the community, improve neighborhood solid waste management, and promote 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

The project website can be found at: curbyourlitter.org

PROJECT UPDATES

August 2015: The Curb Your Litter project team hosted 3 neighborhood cleanup days in May, July, and August with a fourth cleanup day scheduled for September. To date, approximately 115 volunteers have turned out to pick up over 1,200 pounds of litter. The litter analysis kicked off in May 2015, with preliminary findings indicating that restaurant menus and event flyers make up a significant portion of the litter found on commercial streets in Greenpoint. The project is currently beginning the outreach campaign to promote proper litter disposal in the community and has reached Greenpointers at the Go Green Greenpoint! Brooklyn Festival, the Greenpointers Market, and Taste Williamsburg/Greenpoint.

August 2016: The Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint project held an additional 4 neighborhood cleanup days in 2016. In total, nearly 350 volunteers have now participated in the cleanup events hosted by the project, and collected approximately 3,290 pounds of litter from Greenpoint’s streets and sidewalks. Additionally, the project engaged the Center for Urban Pedagogy to teach a year-long course for 12 high school students at Frances Perkins Academy to become experts in New York City’s waste management system. Finally, an extensive litter analysis of the Greenpoint neighborhood, conducted by ClosedLoops, was completed. The analysis found that a significant portion of litter on Greenpoint streets is comprised of cigarette butts and mass advertisements. Phases 1 and 2 of the project are ongoing, while Phase 3 is expected to commence in the fall of 2017.

August 2017: In 2017, Curb Your Litter held 3 clean up days throughout the neighborhood in partnership with local community based organizations. In partnership with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Curb Your Litter is in the process of developing a Curriculum Guide for educators at local high schools, middle schools and community organizations to facilitate workshops about environmental justice, as well as waste management and reduction. The Guide will be released in October with a free training session for all attendees. In partnership with Councilmember Stephen Levin, Curb Your Litter is recruiting local businesses to sign the Clean Greenpoint Pledge.

February 2018: In November of 2017, the Curb Your Litter project along with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) launched the Talking Trash Curriculum Guide with a brunch launch party held at the Greenpoint creative space A/D/O.  The Curriculum Guide brings engaging, fun, hands-on activities about New York City’s waste management system, environmental justice, and trash reduction to classrooms and community organizations. Activities can be taught individually or as a series, and all are aligned with Common Core Learning standards. The launch party included a brief training from the Center for Urban Pedagogy for the 18 educators in attendance from the YMCA, Williamsburg High School for Architecture & Design, the Horticultural Society of New York, M.S. 126, Together NYC, St. Nick’s Alliance, Newtown Creek Alliance and others. Each attendee received free copies of the Curriculum Guide, as well as information about opportunities to continue training and outreach with CUP or the Curb Your Litter team. Greenpoint-based educators can obtain free copies of the Curriculum Guide to use in their classroom or workshop by contacting caroline@greenpointchamber.com

RELATED MEDIA

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

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

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

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

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