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!