DAILY NEWS Apr 15, 2014 12:49 PM - 0 comments

NYC expands composting to 70,000 new households

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By: SWR Staff

New York City is expanding the City’s curbside collection of organic materials to reach deeper into Queens and Brooklyn.

The voluntary pilot program will be rolled out include 70,000 new households, according to the  New York City Department of Sanitation. The Department already provides organics collection in areas of Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.

“Organic materials make up about a third of our trash, and we spend millions of dollars every year to send it to out-of-state landfills,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in a statement. “We hope our Organic Collection Program will not only reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, but also create renewable energy or compost, a natural fertilizer,” she added.

Residential buildings with 10 or more units are not automatically included in the pilot, but are encouraged to enroll on a voluntary basis by filling out the inquiry form at www.nyc.gov/organics.

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