NBK  ♥’s Curbside Composting

Composting can divert 1/3 of waste that would go to landfills.

The curbside composting rollout for Community Board 1 has so far been received with warm enthusiasm.  When asked for feedback on what the experience for curbside composting has been after its recent return most who replied on a North Brooklyn Facebook group page conveyed the experience was good, they were very happy it was back, that pickups were regular, and they loved the text message reminder when it was time to put their bin out.  Exclamations like, “Very Happy!”, “Thrilled!”, “Excellent!”, “Love it!”, “Super Happy!” were shared about the return.

A few commenters noted that their pickups hadn’t occurred yet or were sometimes missed. And only one naysayer shared the opinion that compost is smelly.

There were several individuals who had requested a bin for their building and had taken on the management of it, which included informing their neighbors on the use of the bin.

One new element to the compost process is that it is now recommended to use a clear plastic liner for your brown compost bin.  It serves to keep the bin clean, and New York Department of Sanitation recommends that on pick-up day you tie the liner up and have the knotted part hanging outside the rim when you latch the lid. This is so it is easier to grab for the pick-up team.  

The following can be put in the curbside composting bin: all food waste (including: coffee grounds and tea bags; shells from seafood, nuts, and eggs; bones; spoiled and expired food; food soiled paper such as napkins, towels, uncoated plates, bags, trays, and boxes.  Also, yard and plant waste can go in the brown bin.

Curbside composting is being rolled out to areas that have expressed enough interest.  If you would like to express your interest in having curbside compost come to your street or if it has and you want to receive a bin fill out the form here: https://dsny.force.com/curbsidecomposting/s/

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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