We recently got a glimpse of the work inside of one of the largest sanitation departments in the world, but this The New York Times report on NYC’s trash is much more in depth:

If you’re going to have this many people live on this little amount of land, you cannot do it without a lot of infrastructure. Every day, more than 7,200 men and women of the department go out in 2,000 collection trucks and collect 10,000 tons of residential waste and another 1,500 tons of recyclable material.

From NYC’s dubious history with garbage, to the current landfill and composting options available to the city’s residents, schools, and businesses, find out what happens to New York City’s trash.

Related watching: The Landfill: how different kinds of trash can be harvestable resources, Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled, and Inside San Francisco’s Compost Cycle.

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