Composting with GrowNYC

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Saturdays are my favorite day of the week. Not only is there no work, but it’s market day, which means I can stock up on delicious fresh food, and I can empty the growing compost bag in my refrigerator. Since we joined our summer CSA two years ago, composting has become just as second nature as recycling. While there are plenty of home composting bins and kits, I have no need for a continuous supply of soil (tiny apartment with small windows = not a lot of plants), but GrowNYC makes it incredibly easy for everyone in New York City to compost, even if you don’t want the byproduct. Just collect your food scraps in a container or plastic bag, and drop them off at one of GrowNYC’s compost collections at various city Greenmarkets.

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As of January 28, 2012, GrowNYC had collected a whopping 349,286 pounds of food scraps! Today, the GrowNYC representative at Grand Army Plaza told me that this winter, just at Grand Army Plaza, they collect about 1,500 to 2,000 pounds per week — a rather incredible amount considering that the expanding composting program is less than a year old. Before March 5, 2011, GrowNYC only collect compost at a handful of markets that worked with third party partners, but now 11 of the biggest markets offer collection stations.

Food accounts for 17 percent of New York City’s waste stream, but through composting, we can turn our food scraps into a useful byproduct that will help grown more fresh produce. You can even buy the fertile soil at GrowNYC’s collection sites. For more details on what GrowNYC allows in the compost, visit their website.