Waste In-Brief: As of 2016, The New School is the only University participating in the NYC Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge. TNS recycles 47% of tracked materials- a recent audit suggests that this number could be improved to as high as 65% with improved source separation. Our goal is to improve our recycling rate by
an average of 2% per year.
Waste Stream: The percentage of waste that The New School diverts from landfills (our diversion rate) currently sits at approximately 47%. A recent audit of The New School’s waste stream revealed that up to 2/3rds of waste could be diverted simply with better sorting at the waste bin.
Waste Stream by Month The New School’s waste stream changes throughout the year. Total waste is highest toward the end of each semester, and dips during the winter recess and summer months. Electronic waste, or e-Waste, peaks toward the move-out during our e-Waste drives.