North Brooklyn Compost Project

Compost Budget Cuts STINK by katezidar
March 23, 2009, 2:37 pm
Filed under: policy

Hello Composters!

Please take a moment out of your day to checkout this online petition started by the wonderful folks at East New York Farms!.  We all know that composting saves resources, and that this whole garbage export thing is a waste…so why has our Department of Sanitation taken a hatchet to its composting programs?

From the Petition:

Question: How are we going to Plant a Million Trees, keep our parks and green spaces beautiful and grow healthy food in our neighborhoods’ community gardens and backyards?

Answer: Giving support back to the NYC Compost Project and reinstating the production of municipal compost from Fall Leaf Collection!

Up until this past year, NYC supported composting through its NYC Compost Project, established to address and promote the budding potential for greening NYC through recycling our organic waste. One impressive aspect of this project was the collection of our city’s fall leaves—roughly 20,000 tons per year—for the production of municipal compost which was given back to NYC residents and the Parks Department to revitalize our gardens and open spaces. However, the NYC Compost Project has taken a big budgetary hit as of 2008; the Fall Leaf Collection and Giveback Days have been cancelled entirely “until further notice.”

If we really want to be the healthier, greener city we envision, we need to reconsider the importance of composting. We need to help City Council, the Department of Sanitation and the Mayor see how important supporting composting and reinstating the Fall Leaf Collection is to our soil, our environment and us… the residents of NYC!



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Hey all interested composters,

Not only am I fully behind getting compost back in NYC but I also helped to author this petition and would love to hear comments, questions, suggestion for how to take this to the next level…

If anyone is interested you can get in touch with me via email:

Thanks so much for your time and unwavering dedication to rot!! =)

With peace and appreciation,

Comment by Tina von Roedern

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