Due to COVID-related budget cuts made in Spring 2020, curbside compost pick-ups have been suspended and most food scrap drop-off locations were closed. Since then, New Yorkers have compiled the following resources to help support local composting initiatives. Here are a few easy steps you can take to #SaveOurCompost!
Take Action to Protect Our Queensbridge Compost Site
NYC Parks was planning to replace our Queensbridge Compost Processing Site on December 31, 2020 with a parking lot as part of an $11 million capital improvement plan for Baby Queensbridge Park. Because of an outpouring of public support, Parks has extended the license on the site through June 31, 2020. Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and Mayor Bill de Blasio both have the power to renew our license long-term and support resilient compost programs in NYC. Here are some actions you can take to demand that NYC Parks renew our lease.
- Share your input with the Parks Department regarding their reconstruction plans at Queensbridge Baby Park, where the compost site is currently located. Use this form to let them know that you want compost to stay in the park.
- Send this form letter to urge Mayor Bill De Blasio to direct the Parks Department to allow the Lower East Side Ecology Center and Big Reuse to continue their compost operations in City parks!
- Thank you to everyone who testified at the City Council virtual oversight hearing on Community Composting. You can watch the recording here.
- Write letters to Parks Commissioner Silver and Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraging them to provide long-term leases for compost sites in public parks, and to expand compost programs around the city.
- Stay up to date with this Call to Action page for more ways to help save our Queensbridge compost processing site.
- Watch the #SaveOurCompost Press Conference here. On December 15, 2020, coalition members and elected officials make the case for supporting composting sites on NY Parks land.
Other Actions for NYC Composting
- Read the Save Our Compost budget proposal and encourage your city council representatives to support funding for compost in the upcoming 2021 budget hearings.
- Tell the Parks Department to preserve community compost sites with the #SaveOurCompost letter writing campaign.
- Sign the Save Composting in NYC petition.
- Sign the Composting is Essential to NYC petition.
Follow the Story
"NYC’s Ambitious Composting Initiative Has Decomposed," by Audrey Carleon, Gothamist
"NYC Parks Department Still Doesn't Get It On Composting," by Eric Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Center, 12/30/2020
"LIC Composting Site Fights Looming Eviction by Parks Department," by Maya Kaufman, Patch, 12/15/2020
"Food Waste Site Shutdowns in New York Risk Higher Methane Levels," by Stephen Lee, Bloomberg Law, 11/27/20
"After Brutal Budget Cuts, Compost Sites Face Eviction by Parks Department," by Danielle Muoio, Politico, 8/23/20
"City Kicks Key Queens Compost Site to the Curb," by Rachel Vick, Queens Daily Eagle, 11/20/20
"Parks Department Closes Environmental Facility to Create Parking Lot," by Gersh Kuntzman, Streetsblog NYC, 11/19/20
- Follow the Save Our Compost coalition on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more information and updates.
- Learn more about composting from DSNY’s Make Compost Not Trash initiative.
- Read the SaveOurCompost July 1, 2020 statement here.
- Watch the SaveOurCompost May 5, 2020 Virtual Town Hall recording here.
How to Compost Food Scraps
- Find a free food scrap drop-off location near you using this list or this map with crowdsourced information shared through the Save Our Compost Coalition.
- Fill out this form to host a community food scrap drop-off site with support from DSNY.
- Learn how to make your own outdoor and indoor compost systems here.