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As the curtain closes on 2017, we mark TWO milestones for GrowNYC’s zero waste programs. We are thrilled to announce; thanks to YOU we have collected more than 10 million pounds of food scraps at our Greenmarkets!
There’s more! YOU have helped keep 5 million pounds of clothing and textiles from going to landfills by dropping them at collection sites hosted by GrowNYC.
Thanks to your participation that’s 7,500 tons of material repurposed to build soil, create renewable energy, or live a second life as usable clothing, rags, or recycled fiber products!
What started as 6 Greenmarkets in 2011 has grown to 42 food scrap drop-off locations at GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets, Youthmarkets, and Fresh Food Box sites throughout the City! Not to mention the 18 new Compost On-The-Go locations near mass transit in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Hats off to you and your fellow dedicated New Yorkers who save, store, and transport their scraps each week.
New Yorkers are equally dedicated to style, and demand for clothing collections continues. What began as “Material Mondays” at Union Square Greenmarket is now a network of 27 markets accepting clothing each week through our partner, Wearable Collections. Every shirt, suit, and pair of shoes collected helps chip away at the 193,000 tons of textile waste New Yorkers send to landfill each year – 5 MILLION POUNDS AND COUNTING!
Food scraps and textiles comprise nearly one-quarter of NYC’s residential discards. Thanks to you, these efforts are one successful component of getting NYC to zero waste.
Find a clothing collection or food scrap drop-off near you.
GrowNYC’s zero waste programs are funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.