Nation’s Largest Composting Program Comes to NYC

Composting in the city is about to become much easier. Within the next 15 months, all households in each of the five boroughs will benefit from curbside compost pickup.

The exciting new program is set to launch in Brooklyn on October 2. Residents will be expected to separate their food scraps and yard waste from their trash. The New York City Department of Sanitation will enable them to simply leave their compost at the curb just as they do regularly with garbage and recycling. Over time, the program is expected to become mandatory.

According to Mayor Eric Adams, the initiative is the largest compost collection program in the country. The goal is both to implement eco-friendly conduct and to eliminate rat infestation by essentially cutting off the rodents’ food supply through the sorting and composting process.

By next October, the service should be available throughout all five boroughs.


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