The organics program has officially been put on hold here in New York City, it has become more challenging than ever to find accessible and efficient ways to compost the items we use every day. That means tons of materials that could be made into useful and natural resources are, instead, being sent into landfills, where they’ll add to pollution, contribute to the destruction of ecosystems, and make the effects of climate change all the more apparent. 

Composting plays an enormous role in the reduce, reuse, and recycle model.

Nearly 30% of what American citizens dispose of in a single day can be composted instead, and with new changes enact-ed by the local government, and in cities across the country, that means 30% more materials ending up at the dump or in incinerators. Because we have one of the largest curbside organics pick-up programs in the world, this is a crisis for the city of New York and for the global community at large.

So what can we do about it? 

PARTICIPATE and join the I Compost NYC Mapping Project today! The #SaveOurCompost Campaign has more than 19,000 signatures, which means New Yorker’s care what happens to their trash and we want the government to see that for themselves. Already, City Council members, Keith Powers and Antonio Reynoso are trying to get The CORE Act passed so that organics recycling becomes mandatory instead of voluntary, but we have much further to go.

The Commit to Green I Compost NYC Mapping Project is designed to show those in power that responsibly disposing of our waste matters to the people of New York. That’s why we’re creating a map of the city with information on how its citizens reduce, reuse, and recycle organics in their daily lives, and how they’re always striving to do more. Our goal is to showcase the composting behavioral trends by age, boroughs, and access to resources and information, to create comprehensive data that the city government just can’t ignore.

Add your name to the tens of thousands of people standing up for curbside composting in New York City and for the planet earth, and let’s build a better future together. Let’s put food waste back in the earth where it belongs.