FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #17-73
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
CONTACT: Public Affairs 646-885-5020
Curbside Organics Collection Has Begun in Queens CBs 2, 9 and 14
The New York City Department of Sanitation is continuing expansion of its innovative NYC Organics program – the largest curbside collection program of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste in the nation.
The Department has begun collecting material from residents living in Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, the Rockaway peninsula from Far Rockaway to Neponsit and Broad Channel – Queens Community Boards 2, 9 and 14.
The program, which collects “organic” waste and turns it into usable compost or renewable energy, is now available to well over three million city residents. The Department is working to make the program available to all New Yorkers by the end of 2018, with either curbside service or convenient neighborhood drop-off sites.
“Organic material – food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste – make up about a third of what we throw away, but it’s not trash,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Putting your food scraps and yard waste to good use decreases the amount of garbage going to landfills and helps create a greener and healthier New York City. We thank all of the residents currently participating in organic waste collection, and look forward to welcoming millions more New Yorkers to the program this year.”
How does it work? Buildings 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. Residents place food scraps and food-soiled paper products into their kitchen container. Residents then transfer the material to their outdoor bin for DSNY collection on their pick up day. Yard waste may be placed directly in the bin, or placed at the curb in open, unlined containers or in paper lawn and leaf bags. Find your collection schedule at http://on.nyc.gov/collectionday
Who is included? Single-family homes and buildings with nine or fewer residential units are automatically enrolled in the voluntary program. Residential buildings with 10 or more units, and buildings along commercial strips may apply to participate. Building managers may find more information on the application process at http://on.nyc.gov/request-organics.
What happens to the material? The collected material is managed locally and regionally. Some material is used to make renewable energy, and some is turned into compost, and used locally by greening groups, such as urban farmers, community gardeners, and street tree stewards to rebuild the City’s soil.
Other options for food scraps: Residents who do not currently receive curbside collection may visit food scrap drop-off sites offered throughout all five boroughs.
About the New York City Department of SanitationThe Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.