Today I announced the winners of the first quarter of the Manhattan Paper Challenge along with Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation Bridget Anderson, members of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and Pratt Industries
100% of the paper that Department of Sanitation trucks collect in Manhattan’s is barged to Pratt Industries’ recycling mill on Staten Island where the paper is “pulped” and then used by their corrugated plant nearby and fabricated into new paper products, resulting in a rare sustainable “closed loop.” (Approximately 15% of NYC pizza boxes are made right there!)
But the plants have excess capacity—so Pratt Industries, the plants’ owner, launched the Manhattan Paper Recycling Challenge  in partnership with my office, DSNY, and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board.
This year-long competition rewards Community Board districts which increase their recycling participation rates. For each quarter, the top three most-improved districts will earn grants over the course of the year totaling $75,000—which Pratt Industries will award directly to organizations dedicated to sustainable waste solutions.
This quarters winners are:
- Community Board 1, with a year-over-year increase of 9.4% of paper tons collected
Chosen Recipients: Trees New York
- Community Board 5, with a year-over-year increase of 2.1% of paper tons collected
Chosen Recipients: NY Passive House
- Community Board 4, with a year-over-year increase of 1.6% of paper tons collected
Chosen Recipients: Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project & High School for Environmental Studies
Congratulations to all of the winners, and I look forward to an even tighter competition in quarter 2!