Organic waste – things like yard waste, food scraps, and compostable paper (napkins, paper plates, etc.) – makes up about 31% of all waste generated by residents in New York City.
NYC’s curbside Organics Collection Program is part of the city’s effort to reduce the organic waste sent to landfills. It also serves to deter pests by storing food waste in special rodent-resistant bins and reduce climate change gas emissions. As an added bonus, the program creates nutrient rich compost!
Since September 2016, Big Reuse has been working with the Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability to provide NYC residents with information about the NYC Organics Collection Program.
Big Reuse’s team has been traversing the city from Brooklyn and Queens to the Bronx and Staten Island to provide outreach and build enthusiasm about the curbside organics collection service. By the end of 2018, every building under 9 units throughout NYC will receive a brown bin for organics collection. Our Outreach Associates work to increase resident participation and to lower contamination rates in new collection areas by speaking with residents and answering any questions about the program as brown bins are being dropped off. We will walk almost every residential street in the outer boroughs as we help promote organics collection!
Additionally, Big Reuse staffs information tables and presents to targeted civic groups in need of language assistance so as to educate residents about the program. We have staff fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian. (We are looking for temporary help with Korean language outreach. You can apply here.)
In 2017, we have already spoken to over 40,000 NYC residents!
By the way, the Organics Collection Program accepts:
- Food Scraps: fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, prepared foods. Scraps can be fresh, spoiled, or leftovers, cooked or raw.
- Food-Soiled Paper: Napkins, towels, plates, coffee filters, tea bags
- Yard Waste: plants, garden trimmings, leaves, grass