Policy Formulation

Policy Formulation:

Parsons, The New School

Effective Date: January 1, 2020.




Aim to educate the society to see the importance of recycling and composting as well as differentiate different items and whether they belong in the recycling bin, compost or landfill. With an increasingly industrialized economy where everything is overproduced thus generating a substantial amount of waste, the education on composting and recycling becomes crucial to restrict an increase in the production of waste. Through learning the importance of composting, it pushes one to compost more which would result in a reduction of waste being generated.



This policy applies to all of the office workers, supermarkets, restaurants and students ranging from primary school to college students. These are the people that are exposed to objects like paper and food residuals or waste often and paper and food residuals are some of the most commonly waste. As people nowadays do not receive ample information on composting and recycling, it restricts them to fully utilize the system properly as well as not understanding the importance of the system.


Responsible Party:

All restaurants, schools, supermarkets and companies in the United States should be involved in this policy.


  1. US Composting Council Service: (518) 402-8706
  2. NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling: (888) 925-7329
  3. NYS Association for Solid Waste Management: (518) 736-5501
  4. SIMS Municipal Recycling: (347) 429-8097



Compost: a mixture of organic residues such as decomposed vegetation, manure, etc, used as a fertilizer, and compost could be formed from food scraps, and etc.


Recycling: to collect and treat used objects and materials that are ready to be thrown out in order to produce materials that can be used again:


Landfill: a system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth to build up low-lying land.



  1. Policy Statement


The purpose of this policy is to clarify the implementation procedures of the poster, and the procedure that the school and the city have to take for the development and extended education for not only the student community at Parsons, The School of Design but also for other bodies in the city like restaurants and offices.


To ensure effective and efficient operations and the provision of the best education to the student community, it is expected for the University and teachers to adhere to the standards as outlined in this policy.


  1. Procedure


A strategic research paper with interviews and statistics would be passed onto the community, informing them of the wicked problem of waste.


  1. School Compound
    1. Cafeteria
      1. Posters would be posted above the bins and around the cafeteria.
      2. Cafeteria workers to inform students that the items taken could be recycled or composted.


  1. Teachers
    1. Mandatory introduction to waste management in the first class of the semester.
    2. Lesson on waste management during sustainable systems class.


  1. New York City
    1. Restaurants
      1. Put up a poster regarding waste management at the counter.
      2. Posters would be posted above bins in the kitchen.
      3. Mandatory lesson on waste management to all employees.


  1. Offices
    1. Put up a poster on waste management above bins.
    2. 1-minute lesson and quiz on waste management.
    3. Host waste management activities yearly.

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