Saturday, July 07, 2012

Turn Your Spoils Into Soils

This goes is into the Public Service Announcement department on Postcards from Hell's Kitchen...

Just unloaded my first ever collection of food scraps to the Hell's Kitchen Greenmarket Compost Station... a coupla frozen watermelon rinds I had stored in the freezer so they wouldn't stink up the joint...

Open Saturdays from 8am to 1pm at 56th and Ninth Ave... N.E. corner...

Look for the green bins and dump in: Accepted materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal etc.), coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants and potting soil. [Please NO meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy, animal waste, litter or bedding, coal or charcoal, coconuts, diseased and/or insect-infested houseplants/soil or biodegradable/compostable plastics.]

What happens to em? Your household food scraps will be transported to one of several compost sites to be transformed into a fertile soil amendment for use on local farming and gardening projects. How to store your food scraps: Food scraps can be collected in large yogurt containers or other covered plastic containers, plastic bags, milk cartons or in commercially-available compost pails. To reduce odors at home and at the Greenmarket, store items in the freezer or refrigerator. A layer of shredded newspaper at the bottom of your storage container also helps.

Why do this... I mean really?: Food comprises about 17% of NYC’s waste stream. When this material is sent to a landfill it contributes to NYC’s disposal costs and can create greenhouse gas emissions. When composted, food scraps and other organic waste become a useful product that adds nutrients and improves the quality of soil for street trees, gardens and more.

Just a simple chore added to my Saturday AM chore list... No biggee... But I feel better already...! For more info: Check out: Grow NYC Keywords: recycle, recycling, textiles, clothing, compost, composting, greenmarket

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