August 20, 2013
Of all the garbage that New York City generates, over a third of it—35%—is food waste. And if you’ve ever composted at home, you’re probably agape at all that depressing…well, waste. But a new program due to make the rounds citywide this fall suggests a future where that would-be landfill material is instead used to create energy and nutritive planting compost.
The program has already seen success in Staten Island, with plans to roll it out to 125,000 homes across the boroughs by 2014. For now it’s an opt-in program, with residents being given sealed-top bins to place their scraps for pick-up. But it may become a mandatory part of the city’s recycling efforts. Click through for more, and don’t miss the worm bin composting demos taking place at tomorrow’s NYBG Greenmarket. —MN
(Photo credit: Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News)

Of all the garbage that New York City generates, over a third of it—35%—is food waste. And if you’ve ever composted at home, you’re probably agape at all that depressing…well, waste. But a new program due to make the rounds citywide this fall suggests a future where that would-be landfill material is instead used to create energy and nutritive planting compost.

The program has already seen success in Staten Island, with plans to roll it out to 125,000 homes across the boroughs by 2014. For now it’s an opt-in program, with residents being given sealed-top bins to place their scraps for pick-up. But it may become a mandatory part of the city’s recycling efforts. Click through for more, and don’t miss the worm bin composting demos taking place at tomorrow’s NYBG Greenmarket. —MN

(Photo credit: Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News)

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