As part of raising awareness about composting and the New York City organics curbside collection program, DSNY is launching the “Make Compost, Not Trash” initiative in Community Board 13 in northeast Queens.
The initiative includes community events, compost giveaways, and door-to-door outreach with volunteers.
“In New York City alone, more than 1 million tons of food is thrown out by businesses and residents each year,” said acting commissioner Steven Costas. “This is about making small behavior changes, and we want everyone to know that keeping this material out of the trash is easy and rewarding.
“Increasing participation in the program is critical for supporting our environment and keeping our city healthy and clean,” he added.
Food scraps, food-soiled paper items and yard waste make up about one-third of the city’s waste.
When it decomposes in a landfill, this material gives off harmful greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. When properly recycled, the material can be turned into compost or renewable energy.
Sanitation employees are concentrating education efforts and outreach by hosting compost giveaways, holding neighborhood street tree care days, and knocking on doors to encourage residential participation in the organics curbside collection program.
In addition to Community Board 13, residents of Brooklyn’s Community Board 10 are also included in the initiative, which lasts until June.
“I signed up to volunteer because I want to take part in cleaning up my neighborhood,” said Queens Village resident Bobby Seal. “I really think for this to be successful, it is going to require a helping hand from everyone.”