BY KATHRYN GARCIA
New York City will soon be home to the largest organics collection program in the nation, thanks in part to the expansion of our innovative program into northeastern Queens. On December 5th, when collection service begins in Queens Community Board 11, curbside organics collection will be available to more than 960,000 residents citywide. That is quite an achievement.
In preparation, our outreach teams have been delivering brown organics bins, kitchen containers, and welcome kits to residents in Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston, Hollis Hills, Little Neck, and Oakland Gardens. Buildings with nine or fewer units will be automatically enrolled in the program. Large apartment buildings, with ten or more units, residents living on commercial strips, non-profit organizations, institutions, and gardens are invited to sign up for organics collection service on our website at nyc.gov/apt-recycling or by calling 311.
By separating food scraps and yard trimmings from trash, every New Yorker will play a critical role in keeping our city healthy, safe, and clean.
Compost is used to maintain healthy soil and has wide-ranging positive effects on the environment and public health. Soil health impacts food production, exposure to toxins, air and water quality, ecological diversity, and more.
Kathryn Garcia is Commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation. To learn more about curbside organics collection, food scrap drop-off sites, and home composting visit nyc.gov/organics or call 311.