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If you want to help keep New York City’s beaches clean and have 20 minutes a week to spare, you can volunteer to be part of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance program and be on the frontline of identifying beaches that need to be cleaned. Volunteers walk the beach and count […]

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DNAinfo on Wednesday reported on a photo project that documents bits of trash all over Bed-Stuy deemed odd by the photographer, an ethnographer and UX researcher named Alexandra Larger. Larger, who is white, told DNAinfo that she was mystified by the number of single rubber gloves and chicken bones she sees littered all over her […]

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Slop buckets, when stripped of their smelly context, can make for some visually interesting art. This anonymous Tumblr, shared on Reddit, hosts a collection of photos apparently taken from the slop bucket (restaurant jargon for “liquid trash receptacle”) of a of a Park Slope restaurant. New photos are uploaded daily. The results function sort of […]

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A new study about New York’s abundant wildlife has found that bugs are competing with rats for scraps of our food. It’s the “half glass full” scenario for any New Yorker, offering promising news if you hate rats, or, if you’re cynical, confirming the belief that the city is filthy and overrun by more critters […]

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Don’t be too surprised if, somewhere between Elmhursts’s Woodside Avenue and 73rd and 74th streets, you spot the Obsessed Garbage Collecting Lady. DNAinfo has profiled Jen Mantovani, a four-year Elmhurst resident who has taken to dutifully patrolling the messy streets with the desperate hope that someone, somewhere, will notice the garbage and, like her, clean […]

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Alright already with the padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge! The Department of Transportation has been busy removing them — “a whopping 5,600 latches from the 5,989-foot span” clipped off between July 2013 and May 2014. But the insidious trend (which already annoyed the shit out of Paris) continues. A particularly distressed Jen Jones at Women You Should Know recently spoke with […]

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You may have heard of a plastic-bag island the size of Texas floating somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. It even has a name — the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” What you may not know is that scientists actually don’t know what happened to the majority of plastic we know is out there. Of the millions […]

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If there are no trash cans in subway stations, people won’t litter there — that’s the MTA’s strange logic, anyway. The transit authority announced it will expand a pilot program that saw garbage receptacles removed from 10 stations to include 29 stops along the J and M lines. The J will soon be completely can-less, […]

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Here’s a strange proposal for dealing with the looming threat of more devastating floods in Lower Manhattan: stuff a bunch of shipping containers full of garbage, then line the island with them. It comes from designers Ishaan Kumar, Arianna Armelli, and David Sepulveda, finalists in the ONE Prize competition, which seeks to highlight big ideas in […]

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Artist Jennifer Maravillas is mapping Brooklyn, all of Brooklyn. “The name of my map is 71 Square Miles because that’s how big the borough is,” she tells ANIMAL, peeling old crinkled flyers off posts and picking up scribbled-up, torn-out paper from the sidewalk. “I’m interested in trash because it shows so much about people’s lives. It’s language and […]

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