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ingenious use of commercial dumpsters, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, New York City

The advocacy project got its name from the fact that each blue dumpster can hold 2000 gallons of stormwater. So, if citizens retain stormwater and actively conserve their water use at home, it could help lessen the combined sewage overflow (or CSO, which contaminates the water) and eventually turn the canal back to a healthy blue hue.

RELATED: Pop-up dumpster gardens coming to the Gowanus Canal this summer

Now that the pop-up project has ended, the utility of the big blue dumpsters continues to evolve, this time in another community in transition. Industry City, a Brooklyn-based mega-complex with a bold mission, has acquired the dumpsters and will be reusing them as planters for trees. From Gowanus to Sunset Park, the dumpsters continue to exemplify our city’s commitment to investing in green alternatives.

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