Let The Composting Begin!

In an effort to reduce its ecological footprint, Morningside Gardens began recycling food scraps and other compostable materials on June 24, 2013.   We are part of the  New York City Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Food Waste Collection Program for Schools and Institutions, a pilot program that began in the fall of 2012 with about 60 schools and institutions participating.  In addition to collecting food waste from public schools, DSNY is collecting from a number of local private schools, agency institutions, and residential

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The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Started Food Scrap Collection at Morningside Gardens on June 24, 2013

In an effort to reduce its ecological footprint, Morningside Gardens began recycling food scraps and other compostable materials on June 24, 2013.   We are part of the  New York City Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Food Waste Collection Program for Schools and Institutions, a pilot program that began in the fall of 2012 with about 60 schools and institutions participating.  In addition to collecting food waste from public schools, DSNY is collecting from a number of local private schools, agency institutions, and residential buildings, of which we are now one.  Our efforts to join the pilot program began a year ago when GrowNYC opened their food scraps collection site at the Columbia Greenmarket.  Many Morningside Gardens residents began taking their food waste there on Sundays, the only day of collections.

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Morningside Volunteers Distribute Sure-Close Containers

A group of volunteers organized the Morningside Gardens Composting Club and began working with GrowNYC to explore the possibility of getting DSNY to begin collecting food scraps at our Morningside Gardens location. We first conducted educational outreach about composting and distributed a survey to all 960 Morningside apartment units to determine if there was interest and support for composting.  After we received more than 200 positive responses, we received the support of our co-op’s Board President and asked to join the DSNY’s pilot program.  In April, the Morningside Gardens and DSNY agreed to begin the collection of food waste in June.  In an effort to encourage participation in the pilot program, GrowNYC agreed to provide all apartments with Sure-Close kitchen food scraps containers, and volunteers from the Composting Club conducted more educational outreach while distributing over 500 bins to residents.

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Morningside Volunteers Distribute Sure-Close Containers

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Morningside Volunteers Distribute Sure-Close Containers, June, 2013
Residents began dropping off  their food scraps seven days a week, and the first reports indicate that Morningside Gardens has reduced its trash tonnage by thirty-five percent since the program began this summer.

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