Every year, six million tons of waste is produced by New York City and disposed through the economically and environmentally unsustainable practice of landfilling. Inspired by NYC’s goal of reaching zero waste by 2030 (0x30), a group of product designers, engineers, waste experts, and environmental lawyers has teamed up to create Hack:Trash:NYC: a three-day collaborative competition to reduce waste in New York City.  


The theme of the hackathon is Reuse. With the New York City Department of Sanitation serving in an advisory capacity, the hackathon challenges participants to:

“Develop and pitch an innovative product, business model, service, policy or education campaign, that increases reuse in NYC and results in a meaningful diversion of waste from landfill.”


DSNY’s Deputy Commissioner, Bridget Anderson, says, “We’re excited about this event’s potential to tap into the talent of individual solution-makers to generate innovative and implementable solutions to help NYC reach 0x30.


The 3-day event will feature keynote speakers, an exclusive panel of judges, green investment entrepreneurs, and attractive cash prizes with the potential for mentorship to pursue their concepts. Teams will have Friday through Sunday to develop their ideas, before presentations, judging, and an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.


Hackathon Sponsors


$5,010 in prizes

The New Bureau Winner

-$1670 Cash
-1/2 day strategy and development workshop with The New Bureau

Co:Collective Winner

-$1670 Cash
-1/2 day strategy and development workshop with Co:Collective

Designit Winner

-$1670 Cash
-1/2 day strategy and development workshop with Designit

The New Bureau Extra

1/2 day open innovation session with The New Bureau

Trash Talk City Winner

Guaranteed spot to pitch at the next Talk Trash City event for the potential cash prize.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registration is now open, and anyone with an interest in helping build a more sustainable New York is encouraged to sign up at www.hacktrash.nyc.  Participants can apply individually or as a part of a team. However, the focus of this event is on maximizing cross-disciplinary solutions, so participants that register as teams are highly encouraged to diversify talent across topic areas.


Bridget Anderson

Bridget Anderson

Mikal Hallstrup

Mikal Hallstrup

Peter Raymond

Peter Raymond
The New Bureau

Aude Broos

Aude Broos

Margot Kane

Margot Kane

Judging Criteria

  • Judging
    Originality and creativity of analysis – 25% Strategic and practical implementation, with meaningful impact on reducing waste to landfill – 25% Scalability and organization – 25% Effective presentation, communication and summary of Solution – 25%

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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