BetterBin Litter Basket Design Competition


    Together with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), the Industrial Designers Society of America (ISDA), and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY), we invited interdisciplinary industrial design teams to reimagine the iconic New York City litter basket.

    The competition asks: How can we create a practical and efficient litter basket for New York City that keeps the streets clean, makes the best use of our limited streetscape, and better serves both sanitation workers and the public at large?


    Group Project is an interdisciplinary design team passionate about improving the everyday experiences of urban life. Utilizing diverse backgrounds in architecture, art, industrial design, and engineering, they reframe problems and derive innovative solutions for a more sustainable future. Group Project is thrilled to partner with DSNY, Van Alen Institute, IDSA, and AIANY on developing a litter basket for New York City that will better serve sanitation workers, modernize our streetscape and change the public’s perceptions and behaviors towards waste—with the goal of achieving zero waste by 2030. Their proposal utilizes modularity, complementary materials, and a NYC-inspired aesthetic to achieve a solution that significantly improves the servicing experience, keeps streets clean and orderly, and symbolizes a new future for the New York City Department of Sanitation.

    Design Team Members: Colin P. Kelly, Brit Kleinman, Brandon Massey, Chris Glaister


    Design Team Members: Davin Stowell, James Krause, Dan Grossman, Edward Laganis, Meegan Daigler, Albert Kwak, Grayson Hild




    Keri Butler

    Deputy Director,

    Public Design Commission

    Vijay Chakravarthy

    Northeast District Chapter Representative,


    Kathryn Garcia


    The City of New York Department of Sanitation

    Jeff Kapec

    Executive Vice President,

    Tanaka/Kapec Design Group, Inc.

    Cara McCarty

    Director of Curatorial,

    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

    Victoria Milne


    6¢ Design

    Harry Nespoli


    Uniformed Sanitation Men Association