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Time to Scrap in New York

No, this isn’t a new boxing event or even street fighting. This particular scrap focus refers to the expansion of GrowNYC to six additional Greenmarket sites, two in Manhattan. The compost continues to be a success in the city of more than 19 million people. According to the Gay City News site:

“Compost drop-offs can now be made at the Abingdon Square Greenmarket, West 12th Street and Eighth Avenue, on Saturdays, from 8am to 12:30pm; and at the Tribeca Greenmarket, at Greenwich and Chambers Streets, on Saturdays, from 8am to 1pm. The scraps will be transported to a compost facility and turned into a fertile additive for soil for local farming projects and other uses.”

The Union Square Greenmarket has hosted a compost collection site since 1994, organized by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

‘You could throw a banana peel or apple core in the garbage, but that’s just wasting valuable energy,” said Quinn at the announcement earlier this month. “That’s why I’m thrilled to be able to support the opening of these new compost drop-off sites. And what better place to offer them than at the Greenmarkets, where many of the fruits and vegetables sold benefit from the rich, nutrient-filled compost New York City residents will be contributing to every time they drop their food scraps.’”

Annually, more than 17% of the garbage in New York City is made up of food scraps. If a city this large can make an initiative to move to composting, it goes without saying that smaller communities can make similar moves.

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