Personally, curbside composting has been life-changing. No more waking up early (ok, early for ME), trudging along to a nearby park to drop off my food scraps. Now, I simply dump my rotting produce and grains in an earthy brown bin that gets scooped up by city sanitation workers.

Unfortunately, curbside composting is not yet a neighborhood-wide phenomenon, or even a city-wide one! So this Wednesday evening, August 3, you can sign up to spread the good word about composting through a canvassing campaign. The Big Reuse and the Department of Sanitation have teamed up for this opportunity.

After pandemic-related cuts to the program, the de Blasio administration reinstated curbside composting late last year, though the program’s limited reach meant that only seven city community-board districts would receive the service.

Unfortunately, Eric Adams’ budget priorities this year did not include composting (or public schools). Despite initial support of the program during his mayoral campaign, Adams will halt its expansion throughout the city. Ironically, he announced in April that all city public schools will now host compost bins that are open to the public, and additionally, schools will send their organic waste to be composted. You know what they say about a broken clock!

Volunteers must show proof of vaccination, as well as remain masked during the canvassing. The canvassing will occur from 5 – 7:30 p.m.


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  1. Hmm. I thought we were trying to get rid of the rats.. why in the world are we looking to put food out for them ? The rats know how easily it is to open those brown bins..

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