NYC Businesses to Cut Trash by Half In ‘Zero Waste’ Plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) -

More than 30 New York City businesses, including Whole Foods, ABC and Anheuser Busch, have agreed to cut the trash they send to landfills by half by June, the mayor’s office announced.

The “Zero Waste Challenge” is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious goal to reduce the city’s waste output by 90 percent by 2030. In 2015, the sanitation department collected 3.2 million tons of waste.

New York is the largest city in the Western Hemisphere to adopt such a plan. Participants have already slashed 60 percent of their waste by stocking coffee mugs rather than paper cups and switching to digital storage.

The challenge also requires businesses that regularly have leftover food to donate it to homeless shelters.