Waste Statistics

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Measurement Decisions

The trash audit group in June of 2013.
The trash audit group in June of 2013.
  • Unit of measure = pounds per week
  • Per person is the number of people that are in the Businesses in Residence and regular volunteers
  • Industry standards for waste per person/per month were taken from: NYC Mayor's Office on Environmental Coordination (Chapter 14)
Average NY Office Space Waste Amounts from NYC CEQR Technical Manual
Average NY Office Space Waste Amounts from NYC CEQR Technical Manual



Sources of Waste

  • offices
  • kitchen
  • bathrooms
  • our Friday community lunch

Waste Destinations

  • Garbage goes out on Fridays. It is picked up by the City of Detroit Department of Public Services.
  • Recycled material (paper, cardboard, styrofoam, glass, metal and plastics) goes to our waste/recycling station just at the edge of the green alley, next to Motor City Brewing Works. It is picked up weekly by Recycle Here.
  • Compost goes to 2 locations: Palmer Park, where we mix it with spent brewing grains from Motor City Brewing Works and horse manure; and some to our worms, located in the greenhouse. We compost approximately 5 pounds of food scraps per day, 25 per week.

Waste Measurement Charts

Monthly Waste in pounds, July 2013 - July 2014
Monthly Waste in pounds, July 2013 - July 2014


  • Total waste for the month of July 2014 is at 117 lbs. for 103 people.




Monthly waste statistics per person, July 2013 - July 2014
Monthly waste statistics per person, July 2013 - July 2014


  • The waste per person for July 2014 came out to 1.22 pounds.




Monthly waste comparison, Green Garage vs industry standard for July 2014
Monthly waste comparison, Green Garage vs industry standard for July 2014


  • This chart compares our waste output with an industry standard for office space of 13 pounds of waste per person per week, or about 56 pounds of waste per person per month. As the number of people in the building has risen throughout the year, our waste numbers have remained surprisingly constant. The hypothetical 'industry standard' red line shows how these numbers might have looked if we were a typical office building growing at the rate we did over the last year.
  • In July 2014, we had 103 people in the building and 117 lbs of waste. For 103 people, the industry standard for waste would equate to 5,758 lbs.



Monthly waste cost per person, July 2013 - July 2014
Monthly waste cost per person, July 2013 - July 2014


  • It cost approximately $0.36 per person to cover the cost of waste in the month of July 2014.



Past Waste Measurement Charts

Monthly Waste (in pounds)

Monthly Waste per Person (in pounds)

Monthly Waste Comparison to Industry Standard

Monthly Waste Cost per Person

See Also

For more detail, visit our As Built pages, detailing the work in these areas:

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