Sustainable management of organic waste in the cities
The Green Loop composting islands proposal for New York City
Just like every big city in the World, New York City produces a vast amount of waste (more than 14 million tons per year). Disposing of it implies landfills and long distance transport, which create environmental issues. Evan Erlebacher and Andre Guimond, Present Architecture directors, have come up with a proposal called The Green Loop, which consists of 10 artificial islands spread across different boroughs in New York City, where organic waste is processed, minimising the transport of trash. The finished compost is later distributed with boats and trains.
Apart from being composting hubs, these islands’ top surface would be used as public parks, dramatically increasing the presence of green areas in the city and contributing to New York's Vision 2020: Comprehensive Waterfront Plan by developing water front facilities.