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Department of Sanitation Announces Spring 2002 Free Compost Events in Manhattan

May 10, 2002 | Kathy Dawkins / John Pampalone (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 02-24, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the start of the Spring 2002 Free Compost and Bin Sale Events in Manhattan. There will be two events in Manhattan this spring at which compost will be given at no cost to the general public. Compost is used as a soil treatment for home gardens and lawns.

The first giveaway will be held Sunday, April 28, from 10am to 2pm in Fort Tryon Park, in the Margaret Corbin Circle. The second event will be held on Sunday, May 5, from 11am to 3pm in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, located at Madison Ave. at 123rd St. (enter at 124th St. and 5th Ave.).

Residents may take an unlimited amount of compost, but must provide their own containers and bring their own shovel. Compost is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be given to commercial landscapers and businesses.

At the giveaways, City residents may also buy a discounted compost bin and will learn how to make their own "black gold." The bins, which normally retail for $70, will be sold to NYC residents for the discounted price of $20. Residents must provide proof of New York City residency in order to purchase the bins at the discounted price.

This season, the Department also has made an effort to reduce waiting times and has committed to having more free compost at each event. But residents should be aware that supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last year, the Department composted over 15,000 tons of leaves and 2,000 tons of Christmas trees. The Department funds the City's four Botanical Gardens to hold free compost and bin sale events, so that residents can enjoy the benefits of this recycling program.

Compost can be used in backyards, lawns, gardens, street tree pits, and for indoor plants. Master composters will also be on hand to help residents learn more about how to make and use compost.

For more information, call The New York Botanical Garden at (718) 817-8543.