COMPOSTING: Why? How? What?

So what’re you doing with your corn husks, the ends of your zucchini, and carrot tops?
Don’t throw them away! NYC has 40 Greenmarkets that collect food scraps! You can minimize your impact on the environment by collecting food scraps at home, and then depositing them at a market that’s convenient to you. They are in every borough, so regardless of where you live, you can participate. Household scraps are transported to one of several NYC compost sites to be transformed into fertile soil for use on local urban farming and gardening projects. Click here to find one near you:

How do you store/collect food scraps?
Put food scraps in a large yogurt container or plastic bag in the freezer. This prevents the decomposition of the items and therefore the odor they emit. You’ll notice you’ll be taking out your kitchen garbage at a slower frequency, and you won’t have any critters around either!

What items can you collect?
Accepted materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal, etc.), coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants, and potting soil. [Do not bring meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, or dairy.]

Ruthie Kleinman, CPWCSA Member