Monday, February 4, 2013

Which Brooklyn Neighborhoods Produce the Most and Least Trash?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

No, no, not in a figurative way, like, "man those Williamsburg boys are trashy," but in terms of actual pounds of refuse picked up by the department of sanitation. Gothamist compiled the DSNY data, which shows that in NYC Staten Islanders by far produce the most waste: "anywhere from 85-100 pounds of waste per person per month—more than twice as much garbage as their East Village counterparts," the website reports. Even Staten Islanders, though, produce less garbage than the average American, who discards 130 pounds of trash every month. That means as a country we produce something like 40,820,000,000 pounds of garbage a month? 489,840,000,000 pounds a year? This is making me dizzy.... [photo]

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LEAST: Coney Island/Brighton Beach/Gravesend
In Brooklyn, low income usually correlates with low trash-production, which makes sense intuitively: the fewer resources you're able to consume, the less garbage you'll create. Residents of Community Board 13 produce 50.8 pounds of trash per person per month, far below the per-community-district average of 66.4 pounds. CB13 also reports the second lowest median household income in the borough: $28,100, according to data from the Brooklyn Community Foundation. The second lowest trash-producing district (51 pounds/person/month) is CB16, which covers Brownsville and has the lowest median household income in Brooklyn: $23,400. [photo]

MOST: Borough Park/Kensington
Residents of Community Board 12 produce more garbage than anyone else in the borough: 76 pounds per resident per month. But as low incomes correlate with low trash numbers, the same isn't true of high incomes: CB12 has a median household income of $36,800, which is about in the middle, maybe on the low side, compared to other parts of Brooklyn. The most well-off district, CB6 (Park Slope/Red Hook), with a median household income of $77,800, produces a just-below average amount of trash: 66 pounds. And the second highest trash-producing district (75.5 pounds), CB9, which covers Prospect Lefferts Gardens, also has a modest median income of $37,100. So, what do PLG and Borough Park have in common? I leave to you in the comments. [photo]

Fun for Our Readers
Williamsburg/Greenpoint residents of CB1 produce 66.2 pounds of garbage per person per month, which is average. Bushwick produces a little more—68 pounds. As a general rule, trash production increases as you travel east and south of Prospect Park: neighborhoods like Flatbush, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park and Mill Basin produce more trash than Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, and Sunset Park. [photo]

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