Condo Composting

With few options besides sending food scraps to landfills, New Yorkers are composting in their homes.
February 23, 2009, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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"An increasing number of New Yorkers have been taking up the challenge, turning their fruit skins and eggshells into nutritious crumbly soil in an effort they regard as the natural next step to recycling paper, bottles and cans. Food accounts for about 13 percent of the nation's trash - it is the third largest component after paper and yard trimmings - and about 16 percent of New York's."

"Nationwide surveys by BioCycle, a monthly magazine that advocates the recycling of organic waste, have found that large-scale food composting projects among municipalities, colleges and farms nearly doubled between 2000 and 2007, to 267 from 138. Individual efforts are harder to measure, but appear to be on the rise, particularly in areas like New York City, where municipal programs are rare or nonexistent. Although some cities, like San Francisco and Seattle, offer residents regular curbside collection of food waste, large-scale composting presents challenges that may make it hard to catch on, waste-management experts say. The City of New York, which runs two compost facilities for backyard waste, has no similar program for food."

"That leaves food-waste composting up to community programs and gardens that accept donations of food scraps."

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Published on Friday, February 20, 2009 in The New York Times
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