Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Vito A. Turso / Belinda Mager
Press Release # 15-35, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New York City Department of Sanitation is again expanding the NYC Organics voluntary curbside food and yard waste recycling program, adding neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island later this spring. The program offers New Yorkers an easy way to recycle their organic waste, including food, food-soiled paper, and yard debris.
“Organic materials make up about a third of our trash. When you recycling your food and yard waste, you decrease the amount of garbage going to landfills and help create a greener and healthier New York City,” said Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
Currently, the program serves more than 100,000 households in all five boroughs. This expansion will add approximately 35,000 new households. The pilot program began in May 2013 on Staten Island. More than 6,500 tons of material has been collected since the program’s start.
Who can participate?
All single family homes and buildings with nine or fewer residential units will be automatically enrolled in the voluntary program. Residential buildings with 10 or more units may apply to participate. Building managers may find more information on the application process at nyc.gov/apt-recycling.
How does it work?
All eligible households will receive a starter kit which includes an indoor kitchen container, an instruction brochure, and either their own outdoor brown bin or a larger one to share for the building (if there are between three and nine units in the building).
To participate in the program, residents place their food scraps, and soiled paper products such as paper napkins and paper plates, into their kitchen container. Residents may then transfer the material to their outdoor bin for DSNY collection on their pick up day.
The collected material is managed locally and regionally. Some organic waste is turned into compost, and used locally by greening groups, such as urban famers, community gardeners, and street tree stewards, to rebuild the City’s soil.
What are the new neighborhoods?
Staten Island – Starts week of May 11
Includes Castleton Corners, Port Richmond and West Brighton
Queens – Starts week of May 18
Includes parts of Maspeth and Middle Village
The Bronx – Starts week of June 1
Includes Riverdale, North Riverdale and Fieldston
Brooklyn – Starts week of June 8
Includes Northern Bay Ridge
Brooklyn – Starts week of June 15
Includes Greenpoint and North Williamsburg
For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/organics.
Examples of items that may be placed in the bin:
Examples of items that may NOT be placed in the bin:
Other options for food scraps:
In addition to the curbside program, this spring, the city’s food scrap drop-off program is expanding to 12 additional locations for a total of 62 sites, throughout all five boroughs. For more information, 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.