NYC is piloting curbside collection of compostable material, beginning with 3,200 households in Staten Island, and has now expanded to about 100,000 households across all 5 boroughs.
NYC collects over 3 million tons of trash and recycling each year. Combined with commercial, construction, and demolition waste, NYC generates a total of 14 million tons of waste annually1 – that’s over 1,000 Empire State Buildings each year.2
But NYC’s residential recycling rate is only 15% even though nearly 75% of our waste is recyclable.3
The City is working to fix this problem through PlaNYC 2030, which aims to divert 75% of recyclable materials from landfills by 2030.4
In 2013 NYC began piloting curbside compost collection in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island, with plans to expand.
Now, city collection programs operate regularly throughout Manhattan, and in the outer boroughs the curbside pickup program is underway.
Take food scraps, or rotten foods and other acceptable items (see list below) and put them aside.
You can use anything, a paper bag, Tupperware, old yogurt containers, takeout containers, a plastic bag for transport, but please keep in mind plastic is not compostable. When buying compostable bags, look for the “ASTM D6400 specification”, and be sure to check ahead that your compost site accepts them.
Most city residents will compost by collecting the food scraps at home and dropping them off at a location nearest them. Find one near you!
You may live or work in the zone for compost collection by bike from Reclaimed Organics.
You can still compost by dropping your food scraps locally.
If you’re in need of compostable bags, you can find a local retailer near you (including Whole Foods) that supplies them, or order them on Amazon! Look for the “ASTM D6400 specification” when buying compostable bags.