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What the Greenmarkets Kept Out of Landfills: One Million Pounds of Compost

Comment | January 7, 2013 | By | Photographs by courtesy of GrowNYC

Yesterday the Department of Sanitation and GrowNYC dropped some pretty heavy news on New York City: since they introduced collections at Greenmarkets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island in 2011, they’ve collection ONE MILLION POUNDS of compost.  That’s 500 tons of rotting, stinky scraps of tomatoes, squash, coffee grounds and the like that didn’t get hauled from here to Timbuktu to die in a landfill and will now instead be nourishing crops in local farms and gardens.  Way to go!  (And for those of you not yet hip to the food scrap movement, read more here to learn about how you can keep compost out of our waste stream.)

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