Reported: Compost collection coming to some NYC homes

composting bins

New York City is distributing bins for its curbside composting pickup program.

New Yorkers, are you ready for your brown plastic bin for the city’s curbside-pickup composting program? Well, not all of you; the city is expanding its composting test project to 70,000 new homes in Queens and Brooklyn. It’s already  in Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood and Staten Island’s Westerleigh.

Today’s New York Times has a story on the program, which the city hopes can divert much of the 3.2 million tons of food waste that costs $300 million to ship to landfills. That would be a tidy savings. And unlike most cmopost, which is used to boost the quality of soil, this compost would be used to produce methane gas that would be burned for energy.

– Len Maniace



About lenmaniace

Award-winning writer and editor who has worked as a journalist and a corporate communications professional specializing in environmental sustainability and public health policy. Experience includes successful media outreach for a Manhattan publicity firm. Board member and president of a community-based nonprofit. Founder and leader of a series of successful park, art and environmental programs in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation’s most diverse city. * Executive Editor at Elsevier, a leading scientific and medical publisher. * Publicist, Media Advisor, Social Media Manager (part-time) at Monteiro & Co., a book-marketing company that specializes in business management, economics and politics. * Reporter (part-time) at the New York Post, specializing in breaking news in the world’s most competitive media market. * Senior Writer and Editor at The Journal News/, Gannett’s daily news outlet in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Specialized in health policy and environmental sustainability issues * President the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, a volunteer nonprofit civic organization in Queens, N.Y. Leader of its innovative environmental sustainability programs, including the Green Agenda for Jackson Heights.
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