A prize of $500,000 is being offered to the individual or team that comes up with the best idea and business plan to:
Repurpose New York City’s recyclable trash and locally manufacture a product to sell into the NYC market.
Every day, the New York City Department of Sanitation and a number of private haulers successfully collect several thousand tons of recyclable waste. Despite these efforts, not all of this material ends up being properly leveraged and utilized. While these recyclables are viable as materials for manufacturing and other purposes, a lack of existing markets for many types of recyclables means materials often cannot find a new home and instead end up in landfills miles away.
To address this lack of potential markets, Chris Graff decided to launch the NYC Curb-to-Market Challenge (CTMC) to create market opportunities for recyclable waste that would otherwise be diverted to landfill and enhance the efforts of New York City to facilitate a more circular economy. The CTMC calls on applicants to propose the best idea and business plan for using NYC’s recycled waste to locally manufacture a product that can be sold in NYC.
For application assistance: Danish Cleantech Hub
For more information: NYC Curb-to-market