Waste and Recycling Bins

In 2018, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) launched a design competition aimed at modernizing New York City’s iconic green wire mesh trash receptacles. The challenge was to devise solutions that addressed the complexities of urban waste management, all while balancing functionality with aesthetic appeal.

From a global pool of entries, Group Project’s design was distinguished and selected. The newly designed bins have since been introduced to NYC streets, slated to replace close to 23,000 aging green wire mesh baskets that have been in use since the 1930s.
Group Project team lead
“The winning design by the Group Project team demonstrates that design can be a powerful tool to improve working conditions for Sanitation Workers and better engage New Yorkers as our partners to keep the city healthy, safe and clean. This is a truly innovative approach, designed for the unique needs of our workforce.”

- Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia
A modular, three-part construction.
Consisting of a metal stand, lid and recyclable plastic basket. The bin’s modularity allows for a slew of benefits including a reduction in weight, long-term durability, overflow prevention and a reduced unit cost over the lifetime of the bin.
Designed in collaboration with Sanitation Workers
Servicing upwards of 350 bins per shift, Sanitation Workers were the most important user to consider. The weight reduction inherent in this new design lightens their load by about 7,500 lbs per shift. The plastic material is also more compatible with the rolling and bashing action the workers use to remove the contents on the back of the truck. Additional handles at vital touch points on the basket improve ergonomics and flexibility in use.