We are enticed to add more fruits and vegetables to our diet with the arrival of Spring, but what about the disposal of produce waste? There are many programs to address the growing problem of food waste ending up in our landfills, when it could be diverted for reuse. Think compost.
If you don’t want to try the DIY route, you can still contribute to this solution. One program is provided by Grow NYC, where you can drop off your scraps at locations throughout the city. Located at farmers markets and conveniently, just outside some subway stations, it’s a great way to dispose of your produce scraps, coffee grinds, and tea bags (remove staples). The waste is turned into compost, sold, and used in community gardens and parks. Avoid citrus (this can be too acidic for the worms that feed on the food refuse), animal fat, and nothing cooked in oil or fat. Best to stick with the raw scraps. Keep it in a container in the fridge or freezer until you can pop by one of the drop off points. For a location near you visit https://www.grownyc.org/compost/locations