New York City’s composting community has suffered severe setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated budget cuts. Now, when our city needs composting the most, three of the largest community compost processing sites are in jeopardy. We ask for your support to appeal to Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver to advocate for community composting and keep the Queensbridge Compost Site operational.
Copy and paste the letter below into this form to contact Parks Commissioner Silver:
Dear Commissioner Silver,
We are asking you to immediately renew the Parks license agreement for the Community Composting Site operated by Big Reuse under the Queensboro Bridge. We are asking you to allow Big Reuse to continue operating the community composting site that Big Reuse, DSNY and many volunteers worked many years to create. Their license agreement will end and the site may be evicted on December 31, 2020.
The Big Reuse community composting site is essential to the City’s efforts to provide composting in the face of cancellation of curbside composting. The site is essential to establish food scrap drop-offs in every community district and compost locally to improve soil in parks, community gardens, and street trees. The Big Reuse community composting site composts Parks leaf and yard waste in addition to residential food scraps. The compost is given to Parks, GreenThumb and over 200 community groups. The site is a logical and appropriate use of Parks land since it composts Parks leaf and yard waste and creates compost for Park’s mission to care for NYC’s public green space. Big Reuse has composted under the Queensboro Bridge for a decade. The community composting site is an internationally recognized model site.
Parks controls over 30,000 acres and could easily provide space for community composting efforts. Parks controls extensive space under the Queensboro Bridge that could be used for claimed operational needs instead of the composting site.
When Parks sends organics to landfills, it turns into methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Composting locally reduces transportation and methane emissions and sequesters carbon dioxide with compost application. Composting locally means we are not polluting other communities - we are greening our community by improving the urban forest, local food production, green spaces for schools and neighborhoods. We ask that Parks support this effort by allowing Big Reuse to remain and renew the license agreement.