Tenants of the LEED Gold Helena luxury high-rise in Hell’s Kitchen will soon be able to compost as easily as they might take out the trash. Initiated by mega developers The Durst Organization, the program will implement a rigorous composting program that will be available to the whole building. The already eco-friendly apartment building plans to offer the in-house service to all of its 600 units.
The Helena’s green roof.
Residents of The Helena will be able to separate their used coffee grounds and table scraps and dispose of them in a biodegradable paper bag in communal bins on each floor of the building that will collect the organic waste. The compostable trash will then be picked up and taken to a facility where it will be transformed into fertilizer rather than clogging up a landfill.
The composting plan, which will start over the next few months, is a trial test for The Durst Organization. Should the program prove successful, the developers will expand it to the forthcoming green tower slated for construction next to The Helena. The 32 story, 750 unit building will join The Helena’s compost plan, and is slated to open in 2015. Together, the Durst composting plan will be the largest residential composting effort in the city.
Via DNA Info