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October 17th, 2018

New Yorkers: here’s how you can compost!

type:Campaign, Project
by:Yair Oded

Until January of this year, dozens of cities across the U.S. shipped many of their recyclable waste for processing centers in China. Alas, a rule change in China made it impossible for Americans to ship various types of plastics and paper, and the latter end up being dumped by municipalities into landfills.

Just to clarify: this means that the majority of material we toss in the recycling bin is actually getting recycled.

As American cities grapple to construct truly self-sufficient and effective recycling systems, various local municipalities took steps to encourage its population to reduce its footprint and handle waste in a responsible manner.

One such effort was taken by the New York City Sanitation Department (SDNY), which launched an initiative called the NYC Compost Project. The SDNY provides extensive information on the importance and benefits of composting organics, food scraps, and yard waste, as well as a user-friendly guide on how to create compost at home (either in the backyard or in small bins for those without outdoor access). The agency also holds composting information sessions and events throughout the five boroughs, and educates the public on how to use compose to improve the health of the city’s soil and increase local greening.

It also provides information on how to get compost, how to order bins, as well as a list of over 100 food scraps drop off sites across New York City.

In addition to becoming a grade-A composter, please consider reviewing this short guideline compiled by the New York Times’ Livia Albeck-Ripka, to learn about common recycling mistakes and how to increase the chances of getting your recyclable waste recycled.

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www1.nyc.gov