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Starting on March 5, it will be a lot easier for many New Yorkers to compost their leftover kitchen scraps. GrowNYC already offers compost collections at three Greenmarkets, but at the beginning of March, they will add six new locations: Inwood, Tribeca, Abingdon Square, McCarren Park, Grand Army Plaza, and Brooklyn Borough Hall. The pilot program will run at the new locations through June 25. If successful, they will become permanent drop-off locations.
According to GrowNYC, food scraps comprise about 17 percent of New York City’s waste stream. When sent to a landfill, the scraps contribute to the city’s disposal costs and create greenhouse gas emissions. GrowNYC will instead transport the scraps to a composting facility, where they will be transformed into fertile soil for local farming projects. New York residents can bring food scraps to the drop-off locations, but GrowNYC can not accommodate scraps from businesses or restaurants.
Acceptable materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal etc.), coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, hair and nails (animal or human), egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants and potting soil. The compost collections can not accept meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy, dog or cat feces, kitty litter, coal or charcoal, coconuts, diseased or insect-infested houseplants or soil, or biodegradable or compostable plastics. You should store your scraps in a plastic container or plastic bag. To reduce odors, keep the scraps in your refrigerator and place shredded newspaper at the bottom of the storage container.