NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to announce a citywide composting plan that would divert 100,000 tons of food scraps from landfills annually. Tested through a spring pilot program on Staten Island in which 43 percent of residents participated in composting their scrap foods, the all-borough, voluntary composting program is expected to roll out this fall. New York City has the potential to save up to $100 million a year by diverting food and organic waste from landfills. Other U.S. cities like Seattle and San Francisco already have mandatory composting programs in place and have seen up to a 70 percent decrease in landfill waste collection.
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