Schools & Nonprofits
We’re excited you’re thinking about compost!
Education is essential to composting, and we believe you are the best resource for teaching NYC the importance of organics recycling.
It’s no secret, we learn healthy habits in school, and then practice those habits in our communities.

That's why adding food scrap recycling in your cafeteria or classroom can have an impact on our city.
There are many benefits to composting at your school or organization:
For a healthier planet.

Throwing organic material into the garbage is harmful to the environment. Organic material decomposing in landfills releases harmful methane, a gas 20 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Landfills make up 17% of the United States’ methane emissions. By composting we can substantially reduce harmful emissions to the environment.*

Student and Employee Education.

Educating your students and staff on the why’s and how’s of composting makes them more likely to try it at home, introducing the practice in their everyday, encouraging proper participation in recycling too.

Common Ground can help make your school or organization greener. Learn about our services.
Cost Savings.

Food scraps are heavy, and when in your trash, they can also be costly for you. Most waste haulers gauge pricing by weight and volume of bag. Removing organics from your garbage can reduce the price you pay for your trash.

For public schools, some private schools, and nonprofits in pilot area locations the Department of Sanitation will pick up your organic waste for no extra charge.
Sustainability is Appreciated.

In today’s world, awareness is everything and caring about the earth is cool. Parents, clients and colleagues will appreciate your eco-friendly efforts.

Reduced Odors and Pests.

Placing food scraps in a sealed, leak-proof toter instead of a black trash bag makes it harder for rats and insects to get in and for odors to get out. Food scraps only cause odor when they rot, and by having your food scraps picked up daily, it’s harder for it to smell.

*The United States Environmental Protection Agency
If you’re thinking of starting a program – let us know – we’re happy to offer advice or roll up our sleeves and get involved!

Looking for more resources, references, or recommendations?

Check out our resource library for digital downloads on composting, videos, maps, and more!
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