Composting Takes Root
in Battery Park City
In a 2017 study of residential waste by the NYC Department of Sanitation, 21% of garbage was food scraps. Not only does food waste take up unnecessary space in landfill, it releases gas, which is detrimental to the environment.
If food waste is composted, the environment benefits. As The New York Times put it in this article, “The less the world wastes, the easier it will be to meet the food needs of the global population in coming years. Second, cutting back on waste could go a long way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Thanks to the Battery Park City Authority, Battery Park City has always been at the forefront of green living, guided by BPCA’s pioneering green building guidelines and organic park maintenance. For the last couple years, there have been two community compost bins – one at BPC Parks headquarters on Battery Place and one on Chambers Street.
Now, with the encouragement of Gateway Plaza management and the support of the Battery Park City Authority, Gateway Plaza has established the neighborhood’s first building-specific composting program. In the program’s first month, 686 pounds of fruit and vegetable waste was diverted from landfill.
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