Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint! (Restaurants) 2020-03-14T14:17:22+00:00

Project Description

Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint! (Restaurants)

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Neighbors (formerly Neighbors Allied for Good Growth)
Project Partners: Common Ground Compost; Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants; and the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Project Location: Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant: $27,722
Matching Contribution: $3,640
Project Completed: June 2017

In 2015, through a competitive process, North Brooklyn Neighbors (NBN) received a GCEF grant of $27,722 (and provided $3,640 in matching funds) to conduct a waste reduction campaign with Greenpoint restaurants to help divert waste from landfills. Major project activities involved: distributing questionnaires on waste reduction practices to 15 Greenpoint restaurants, selecting 6 restaurants to undergo waste audits and hands-on intensive waste reduction coaching from a professional restaurant sustainability consultant, and choosing 2 of the restaurants, Anella and Jimmy’s (no longer open) on Franklin Avenue, to take part in a pilot project focused on waste reduction using reusable takeout containers called “Shareware”.

The project’s website is at

Featured image by Victoria Belanger, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

  • Interviewed 15 restaurants and bars to create a best practice resource for local Greenpoint restaurants
  • Created a Greenpoint specific educational brochure, hosted 2 educational workshops, and built a dedicated webpage for people in the restaurant industry to reference
  • Selected 6 restaurants to participate in a waste audit, which found that 50% of each restaurant’s current landfill waste stream was recyclable or compostable
  • Collaborated with 2 restaurants to launch a reusable takeout container program called “Shareware”