Anna Sacks, aka “The Trashwalker,” rocketed into the public eye by posting her excursions through NYC exposing the mountains of edible food, functioning items, and merchandise that companies, non-profits, schools, and people toss to the curb every week. Why are these institutions throwing food, books, designer purses, clothes, cosmetics, and toys in the trash? And why do corporations instruct their stores to deliberately destroy them beforehand? This squander is baffling considering the environmental cost of producing all of these items, the landfill issues, and the people who could use the food or other goods. In her engaging talk, Anna examines this needless waste, the toll that it takes on employees, and the legislative solutions needed to change company and public behavior and encourage less waste.

Anna Sacks is a waste expert focused on passing legislation in NYC and raising consciousness on social media. Posting as @thetrashwalker to her half a million followers on TikTok, Instagram, and other sites, Anna documents the usable items that she finds in both corporate and residential waste to raise people’s consciousness about waste and consumption. Anna’s work has been featured in The Guardian, New York Times, NowThis, and BuzzFeed, among others. She is the Legislative Chair for the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and one of the founders of NYC’s #SaveOurCompost coalition, which formed in response to COVID-related composting budget cuts. She previously worked at the waste consulting firm Think Zero LLC, on a regenerative farm through the Adamah Jewish farming fellowship, and as an analyst at an investment bank. In 2020, she was named a 36 Under 36 recipient by The Jewish Week.

Sunday, July 8, 2023
5 p.m. 7 Saxon Woods Rd.
White Plains, NY