Living City: Where Does Our Trash Go?

About the Project

Sept. 25, 2014
The New York Times

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The NewsDox unit of BlueChalk produced the Living City series in collaboration with The New York Times video department and metro desk.The six-part series looks at a range of major New York city and state infrastructure projects, from subways to waterways, waste management to steam systems.

“Living City: Where Does Our Trash Go?” explores the story of how New York disposed of its trash over the last century and what plans the city has for managing its waste stream in the 21st. New Yorkers produce 10,000 tons of trash a day, 85 percent of which is hauled to landfills in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Ohio. However, the city intends to reduce its reliance on landfills and make recycling of both inorganic and organic waste a much greater part of the future, says Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation.

The Living City series is the first major initiative to come from NewsDox, a division of Blue Chalk Media designed to report and produce visual journalism with news organizations and knowledge brands.


  • Greg Moyer, Executive Producer
  • Melanie Burford, Series Producer
  • Catherine Yrisarri, Producer
  • Gabriela Arp, Associate Producer
  • Luke Versalko, Associate Producer
  • Rob Finch, 1st Director of Photography
  • Bob Sacha, 2nd Director of Photography
  • Jamie Francis, 3rd Director of Photography
  • Eleonore Hamelin, Assistant Camera
  • Gabriela Arp, Assistant Camera
  • Sarah Marcus, Editor
  • Daniel Quintero, Assistant Editor
  • Drew Jordan, Design and Animation
  • Andy Clausen, Composer
  • Digital One, Audio Design

Services Provided

  • Original Cinematography
  • Original Music Composition
  • Original Still Photography
  • Post-Production