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A Condo That Will Send (Almost) Nothing to Landfills

SoHo, Manhattan

Zero Waste Condo
July 21, 2017

Say goodbye to garbage bags stacked at the curb. A luxury condo is hoping to become one of the first zero-waste residential buildings in the city by diverting at least 90 percent of its garbage from landfills, Crain’s reports. And while the initiative at 565 Broome SoHo appears primarily geared toward attracting environmentally conscious buyers, the city's recent steps toward charging residents for trash pickup could turn it into a money-saving proposition down the road.

A team of Bizzi & Partners Development, Aronov Development and Halpern Real Estate Ventures is currently constructing the building and has laid the groundwork for obtaining zero-waste certification after the project is scheduled for completion in 2018.

"Our goal is to be at the forefront of sustainable living, as well as to help the city's overall effort to achieve this," said Alessandro Pallaoro, an executive at the Italian developer.

Currently, there are no residential buildings in Manhattan that qualify as Zero Waste under a certificate issued by Green Building Certification Inc., the same organization that doles out the increasingly popular LEED certifications for overall energy efficiency.

For 565 Broome to get there, Bizzi & Partners are planning modest alterations to the construction of the building, which was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Aside from discouraging plastic water bottles and paper towel use in common areas, Bizzi plans to construct "zero-waste rooms" to better facilitate separating recyclables and organics that can be composted or sent to mechanical stomachs called digesters. They will also provide separate bins for electronics as well as textiles that will be donated to local charities through a Department of Sanitation program called RefashionNYC. The developer plans to store all the garbage, recyclables and organics in sealed containers within a loading dock, ensuring there are no bags on the streets awaiting city collectors. In addition, Bizzi is searching for a green-friendly property manager to help oversee the initiative.

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