With generous funding provided by New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, as a pilot, GrowNYC’s compost collection program demonstrated the potential to divert significant amount of food scraps, diverting 441,000 pounds in a year. In April 2012 we partnered with DSNY to launch the Greenmarket Food Scrap Compost Program now with 29 Greenmarket locations, collecting 32 times weekly.
To-date we’ve collected 1.9 million pounds of food scraps from New Yorkers for composting or energy recovery. We firmly believe that the enthusiastic participation in this program is one factor that has led to DSNY to significantly expand residential organics collections.
Community Compost Partners
Lower East Side Ecology Center
New York Restoration Project
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Added Value/Red Hook Community Farm
Project Eats/Active Citizen Project
Battery Urban Farm / Battery Conservancy Queens County Farm Museum
In April 2012, GrowNYC began collecting food scraps from shoppers at the Columbia University Greenmarket in Morningside Heights. Through our weekly interactions with dedicated composters, we soon discovered that many participants were residents of a nearby housing cooperative and eager to start a food scrap collection of their very own. Working with the newly formed Morningside Gardens Compost Club, property management, the co-op board, and the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), we helped the 980-unit complex create a plan to establish organics collection to be serviced by DSNY. GrowNYC helped create a suite of educational materials and training to ensure that staff and residents were well-informed about the program. The co-op now diverts 39% of all waste from disposal, and is only the second residential building complex in Manhattan to have such a program.
“Morningside Gardens is a window into the future of waste management in NYC. The Mayors’ goal is to achieve a 30% diversion rate by 2017. Morningside Gardens, in partnership with GrowNYC, surpassed a 35% diversion in 2013. We encourage buildings to learn from Morningside Gardens and we encourage buildings to utilize GrowNYC to achieve their diversion goals.” Ron Gonen, Deputy Commissioner of Recycling and Sustainability, DSNY