Freshkills Park Blog

City of Systems: Waste Removal

A recent video on Urban Omnibus, featuring Garbage Land and Bottlemania author Elizabeth Royte, offers a glimpse behind the complex process of everyday garbage collection in New York City. Combining interview, animated graphics, and often poetic archival and present-day footage, the video tells a succinct story of one citizen’s look into the past, present, and possible future of municipal solid waste management. It’s a refreshing first-person perspective on a universal element of daily life for city dwellers.

The video is one of four in their City of Systems series, a suite of videos taking a behind the scenes look at some of the complex systems that enable New York City to function.

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January 26, 2012 - Posted by | FKP | , , ,


  1. Great short film. Elizabeth Royte is a talented journalist and lends a nice voice to the piece. Was a nice treat to be introduced to Urban Omnibus. Thanks!

    Comment by Neal | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. Great Video. thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by Trash Removal | April 20, 2012 | Reply

    • Great time lapse at the beginning, and great job illustrating the diagrams using graphics in the video!

      Comment by Brad's Junk | June 20, 2012 | Reply

  3. It’s always good to convey some sense of perspective. Sanitation is not often in the conscious mind of everyone, and to bring it to the forefront to gain some appreciation is always a good thing.

    Comment by Brad's Junk Removal | December 3, 2012 | Reply

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