Starting today, more Greenmarkets in New York City will accept food scraps to create compost as part of a GrowNYC pilot program that runs now until June 25. Food makes up seventeen percent of New York City's waste, according to GrowNYC, the nonprofit organization that manages the greenmarkets. With the help of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Western Queens Compost Initiative and the Ft. Greene Compost Project, GrowNYC's goal is to reduce food waste by composting it and turning it into nutrient-rich soil.
Currently, residents can drop off fruit and vegetable scraps, grains, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags and egg shells at the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan, and the Sunnyside and Jackson Heights greenmarkets in Queens. The expanded compost program includes Abingdon Square, Inwood and Tribeca greenmarkets in Manhattan, and the McCarren Park, Grand Army Plaza, Ft. Greene and Brooklyn Borough Hall markets in Brooklyn. Compost sites do not accept red or white meat, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy and/or insect-infested houseplants. To find out about compost and drop-off hours, go to GrowNYC's website for more details.
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