Participation in New York City compost program to increase

Food waste may be picked up from 600,000 homes in 2017.

New York City is set to triple its compost program next year, a report from the New York Daily News says. According to Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, food waste is set to be picked up from 600,000 homes. The number will jump under the city budget for next year from 200,000 homes currently to more than 1 million residents.
About 40 percent of city public schools also have signed up to have organic waste composted, according to the report. Four hundred apartments in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island also will participate.
The program launched in 2013 and since then, the city has picked up 25,000 tons of organic material, Garcia told the New York Daily News. Food makes up 35 percent of the waste generated in the city.
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