What is compost?

Compost is a nutrient-rich and soil-like material that helps improve soil health and provides essential nutrients to soil and plants. It can be used to improve soil structure, help plants grow, block weeds, prevent erosion, retain water and suppress plant disease. NYC compost is used in NYC parks and gardens.

 

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Why is the DSNY collecting meat and dairy products when they are not accepted at Greenmarkets?

Composting sites used by the DSNY can readily and safely compost food scraps including meat and dairy products whereas the composting sites used by Greenmarkets were managed differently and not capable of processing these food scraps.

 

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How do you collect and store your food scraps in your home?

Food scraps recycling is easy. Simply COLLECT your food scraps during and after food preparation, after you eat, and when you clean out your refrigerator. There are many options to STORE your food scraps. You can use any container with a snug fitting lid that will fit under your sink, on the kitchen counter or in you refrigerator. Line your container with newspaper or paper towels to absorb moisture and help keep the container cleaner. Pouring baking soda into your empty container helps eliminate any orders. For messy, stinky or wet food scraps, drain as much liquid as possible and wrap it in newspaper before placing them in your container. Many people collect their food scraps in a plastic bag and freeze their food scraps. Remember, with frequent emptying, the container doesn’t have to be large. Wash out your container thoroughly after every use with detergent and water.

 

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Will there be problems of odors or vermin at the drop-off site?

Collection bins are constructed of thick plastic and include attached tops that remain closed at all times until you open it to deposit your food scraps. You should close the bin cover when finished. DSNY will empty the Morningside Gardens collections bins Monday through Friday between approximately 4 PM and 8 PM. Food scraps will not be collected by DSNY on Saturday and Sunday or when public schools are closed.

 

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Can I compost household items like potted plants, cut flowers, as well as crackers, cereal, party leftovers, or old/stale food?

Yes! This is a great way to dispose of these items.  Be sure to remove any non-biodegradable materials before adding them to your compost; such as plastic packaging from stale products, wax candles from  party cakes, and drainage pebbles from the bottoms of flower pots.

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Will any of the nutrient-rich compost be brought back to Morningside Gardens to improve the soil in our grounds?

It’s a great idea, but unfortunately it is not set up to enable this.  According to DNSY, “After turning yard waste and fallen trees into compost or mulch at Sanitation Compost Sites, the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) makes it available to city agencies and nonprofits for use in gardening, soil mitigation, or habitat improvement projects.”  So at least its being put to good use.  Perhaps when municipal composting programs grow and become mainstream, we can look forward to getting back a share of the bounty.

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