These Floating Compost Islands Would Turn NYC's Garbage Into Gold
-- "The average New Yorker generates about three pounds of trash every day, and a huge amount of that is food waste—which could be composted, if only we had the space. Enter "Green Loop," a proposal to build massive composting islands off the coastline of NYC.
"We send trucks millions of miles every year, creating traffic, noise pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, all of this so that our waste can be landfilled, where it then rots and creates even more greenhouse gas," explain the designers at PRESENT Architecture, the New York-based firm behind the proposal. "It's a big, dirty problem."
Instead, PRESENT proposes keeping the trash—some of it, at least—closer to the city. Trucks would pick up the organic waste just as they do normal trash, but rather than hauling it out to landfills, they would deposit it at one of dozens of coastal processing sites around the boroughs.
This huge network of artificial islands would take over at least 30 percent of the city's garbage—which is a massive amount considering that we generate some 14 million tons of trash every year. ..."more