Composting coming to Park Slope

Composting coming to Park Slope

Last year, the Department of Sanitation began a composting pilot in a few neighborhoods around the city. The curbside composting program was so popular and effective in Windsor Terrace and other pilot neighborhoods that it is now coming to Park Slope and Gowanus.  To see if your home is part of the expanded pilot, check the map on the Department of Sanitation website.

Starting this spring, Sanitation will collect all food scraps (including fruits and vegetables, meat, bones, grains, and prepared foods), food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings from a new curbside bin each week on recycling day. Your organic waste will be composted and become fertilizer for gardens, parks, and street trees. Organic waste accounts for a third of all garbage created in New York City, so composting will really help reduce how much we send to the landfill. 

Participation in the pilot program is completely voluntary—and easy. I hope you participate. Here is a quick breakdown:

  • Residential buildings with nine units or fewer will receive a free starter kit from the NYC Department of Sanitation with a brown bin and a small kitchen container (which you can keep on the countertop, in the freezer, etc). 
  • If you live in a building with 10 or more units, you should inquire with the Department of Sanitation about how your building can participate.
  • Food scraps can be put in the kitchen container, and then emptied into the brown bin along with leaves and yard trimmings for curbside collection.
  • The brown bins Sanitation provides are specially designed to keep rodents and raccoons out.
  • Organic waste pick-up is on your normal recycling day.
  • For more information, visit nyc.gov/organics or call the Composting Hotline: 212-437-4646.

We expect this pilot program to last for two years, during which the city will monitor and evaluate the program. Please help make it a success.

If you have questions about how the program works, or what you need to do, please come to the Community Board 6 meeting with Department of Sanitation on Monday, January 27th.

The urgency of action on climate change – and the importance of thinking globally and acting locally – has never been more apparent. The expansion of the composting program provides an opportunity to take meaningful action, and saves us money at the same time. I hope you will take part.

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