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Public hearing on new City-wide collection of compostable waste

This is a hearing sponsored by the City Council about newly proposed collection of food waste by the Sanitation Department.  This is your chance to provide the City with feedback about the new proposal to pick up at the curb compostable food wastes.  The City estimates that some 35% of our municipal solid waste is compostable and that composting this waste locally would save the City millions of dollars annually.  Currently it is being dumped in landfills as far away as South Carolina.  At the same time, curbside collection could eliminate food scraps being donated to community gardens for composting.   How would the City distribute the City-owned compost back to the community?  At present to get compost, gardens must apply to the City and wait often months for delivery or they can drive with a pickup (no vans allowed) to the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island.  It seems all of the processing of compost will occur at Fresh Kills or at sites outside the City.  I will presenting a proposal to create in-vessel composting sites throughout the City in manufacturing areas that will be readily accessible to community gardens.  This proposal will involve use of bike carts to pick up food waste at restaurants, coffee shops and juice bars and deliver compost to community gardeners  This new business would create jobs in our community, reduce truck traffic, decrease pollution and potentially save the City money.  Come and hear more at this Meetup!

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  • Helen

    Here's a link to the event including the video. http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=245608&GUID=B8F48A78-622D-4761-A450-E4D8E5333606&Options=info|&Search=
    Greg's presentation starts 01:40:20 in the video.

    July 2, 2013

  • Ilyse K.

    i'd love to be in touch with anyone who was able to go to this today ... just inbox me if you have time to give a synopsis (or just post one here?)

    June 27, 2013

    • Greg T.

      Your concern about the workers at composting centers was addressed by one of the speakers. He suggested that composting centers be staffed by Sanitation workers who would have less to pick up once food wastes were diverted. Interesting idea. Not sure if its valid though.

      June 27, 2013

  • Ilyse K.

    I need to cancel, an 8 yr old friend of mind has no one to be his grownup today.

    June 27, 2013

  • Ilyse K.

    My concern is also for the laborers who will be brought into the city payroll for a new citywide composting center. Right now there is a big digester on Riker's Island that processes the scraps for 20,000 staff and inmates. Who staffs it? The inmates? If so, is this optional or slave (or slave-wage) labor? If the city is to create a new division within DoS to staff city-wide composting will the workers be included in the Sanitation Workers union? Will they have fair pay and job safety and decent benefits?

    Permaculture is as much about the health and well-being of people as about soil and air and water and plants.

    June 26, 2013

  • Dee D.

    Yes to cargo bikes and local processing stations;)

    2 · June 26, 2013

    • Greg T.

      Thanks for the support. I'm sure the lower east side could find a place near the East River to process compost.

      1 · June 26, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      Lower East Side Ecology Center and Earth Matter (on Governors Island) are already proving the local model works. We need more.

      June 26, 2013

  • Chris M.

    I cannot make it, but I do want city wide composting to happen. It's a big job but something NYC can do. My community garden composts, but we don't think that we would be starved for food scraps if the city starts taking them. We would love to have easier access to good, finished compost, so the idea of hauling everything to Staten Island over having several local plants is discouraging.

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Greg T.

      Yes, local composting centers would make getting compost in your garden much easier. Any time you have a 20 ton minimum sized plant in a rural area, getting the material back to the city is going to be a challenge. Why not just keep it in the City where it comes in the first place?

      June 26, 2013

  • Ceri

    Hi! Excited to attend this meet-up, but what time do you expect it to finish? I have to be somewhere at 12:30, hoping I can do both!

    June 25, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      IGNORE ME. Thought we were on another meetup page sry. You can always , leave a public hearing whenever you want.

      June 25, 2013

    • Ceri

      Hi Ilyse. Thanks!

      June 26, 2013

  • Ann

    It's tentative, depending on whether I'm working or not. I really hope I can make it!

    June 23, 2013

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