Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Vito A. Turso / Belinda Mager
Press Release # 15-41, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New York City Department of Sanitation is increasing ways for New Yorkers to recycle their household food waste.
In addition to expanding its curbside organic waste recycling program, DSNY is adding 11 new food scrap drop-off locations, and will be opening up 19 more seasonal sites this summer, for a total of 64 sites throughout the city. The drop-off program offers composting opportunities for New Yorkers in neighborhoods or buildings that do not currently receive curbside collection of organic waste.
Compost created through the drop-off program will be distributed to local greening groups such as urban farmers, community gardeners, and street tree stewards to improve soil quality.
“Organic material makes up about a third of our City’s trash. We are excited to be able to provide more opportunities for New Yorkers to recycle their food waste. By increasing the number of food scrap drop-off sites, more organic material can be composted instead of going to landfills,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.”
New Food Waste Drop-Off Sites: Spring 2015.
For a list of all sites, visit: on.nyc.gov/foodscrap-dropoffs.
The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of 2,022 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 365 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,000 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.