In the fall of 2012, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) began offering curbside collection of organic waste – including food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste – to select NYC schools, residences, and institutions. This service, called for in Local Law 77 of 2013 is a pilot program to divert organic material from disposal for beneficial use.
During the 2012-13 school year, DSNY serviced 90 public schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island in partnership with the Department of Education, and three independent private schools. During the 2013-14 school year, the number of schools participating in organics collection will reach well over 300.
In 2013, DSNY began collecting organics from single family homes and small residential buildings, reaching over 30,000 households in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. In 2014, DSNY will expand the program to reach 100,000 households. See pilot area maps for neighborhoods currently receiving organics collection service.
DSNY is also recruiting large multi-unit residential buildings, agencies and institutions, and eligible private schools to participate in organics collection. To date, the program services 21 large residential buildings, three private schools, and 11 city agency locations including Gracie Mansion and City Hall.
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