This is so degrading! Compost pickup coming to more Brooklyn nabes next month

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The city is throwing these Brooklyn neighborhoods on the scrap heap!

The sanitation department is expanding its curbside compost collection service to Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, the Columbia Street Waterfront District, and the northern parts of Park Slope and Gowanus next month, and residents say they can’t wait to start gathering up their moldy pizza crusts and fish bones.

“I think it is a kind of neighborhood where people will take advantage this program,” said Cobble Hillian Gale Synnott. “There are many environmentally conscious people here.”

Trash officials will soon roll out brown bins to houses and apartment buildings with nine units or fewer in the anointed nabes, and will begin collecting their contents twice a week starting the week of Oct. 5 — except for the new parts of Park Slope and Gowanus, which will launch on the week of Oct, 26.

New York’s organic waste collection service is more liberal than many other municipal compost services, allowing participants to dump old eggs, dairy products, and meat alongside their apple cores and lawn cuttings.

But there is a downside to the permissive policy — those items can stink up a storm when left to fester between pickups, as Greenpointers found out in June when the compost bins arrived in their neighborhood followed shortly by the stench of rotting food.

The program is already up and running in large portions of Park Slope and Gowanus south of Union Street, in addition to Greenpoint, Greenwood Heights, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace.

The program is voluntary for now, but sanitation officials have said that participation might become mandatory in the future after it takes the scheme city-wide.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Sanitation Union loves the extra hours to drive your table scraps around and save the earth!

And watch that barcode on the brown can comrades - they are auditing you garbage.
Sept. 18, 2015, 9:02 am
Compost Shampost from Brooklyn says:
We don't need that much composting as we have too little urban earth to put it.

What we need is clean separation of food waste for "waste to energy" (anaerobic digestion) to power our homes instead of using fossil fuel.

Food waste contaminated with with composting materials like lawn clippings and the like is detrimental to food waste's capacity to be used as a fuel factor in anaerobic digestion.

By mixing both, we are starting a bad precedence and bad habits.

We need to start the program as it should be, food waste with food waste, and composting waste with composting waste.

While composting is good, we just don't need that much of it, and we certainly don't need it as much as we need clean replenishing energy sources.

The world is ahead of us and we need to catch up. Mixing food waste and composting waste together is a waste of time, and our time needs to be used more effectively. Wake up NYC Gov!
Sept. 18, 2015, 9:40 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Composting also releases CO2 - just like opening a can of Coke! Bad for the Polar Bears!
Sept. 18, 2015, 10:33 am
seeking clarification from Rufus says:
Uhm, Ruf', I am pretty sure the DSNY makes the organics pick-up during the same hours as household trash and recycling collection. What OT are you talking about.

And, I will take your word for it that there is a barcode on the organics bins. Have you ever seen "New York's Strongest" with a bar code scanner? Or are the guys on the trucks just memorizing the numbers?
Sept. 18, 2015, 11:19 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Table Scraps get their own truck. Makes for a longer day.

Why else would they put unique bar codes on each can?
Sept. 18, 2015, 2:53 pm
still seeking says:
Nope, the day still ends when it does, which for all practical purposes is around 11:00 am.

Don't know, but if no one is scanning the bar code, it's just a meaningless decal.
Sept. 18, 2015, 3:02 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Tell yourself that comrade - the tickets and fines are just around the corner.
Sept. 18, 2015, 3:44 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Soon we will be reading about how the rat, mice and roach infestations in city buildings have increased because people are now keeping their food waste around their apartments until they get enough to walk to the can and put it in. I'm all for the blue and green recycling but this program is ridiculous in a city like this.
Sept. 18, 2015, 4:33 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Community gardens are the way to go.
Sept. 18, 2015, 8:43 pm
Vinny Polack from Greenpoint says:
I complained about this when they rolled it out to Greenpoint, but it's actually pretty nice.
Sept. 19, 2015, 10:40 am
Matt from Greenpoint says:
It is not composting. It is sewage festering at everyone's expense. Let them start fining for not doing it and see how fast the cans become toilets.
Sept. 21, 2015, 6:31 pm

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