News & Updates
Community Composting Kicks off Expanded Sustainability Efforts
Composting on the West Side just got easier, thanks to your Park’s newly expanded Community Compost Program! With more drop-off sites and ways to get involved than ever before, we’re helping our neighboring communities build a greener future – and inviting our Park fans to compost with us!
We introduced our expanded Community Compost Program to the public on Monday with a kick-off at Chelsea Waterside Park, celebrating the hard work and generosity of all who have made our efforts possible – including our partners at the NYC Department of Sanitation and Council Member Corey Johnson, who has been a champion and supporter of our composting initiatives, including funding a new industrial shredder, which will help us process more organic waste.
Starting this week, each day from 7 AM to 7 PM, you can bring your food scraps to seven drop-off sites located throughout our four miles of riverfront parkland. Just look for the brown bins located at Pier 25, Pier 40, Pier 51, 14th Street Park, Chelsea Waterside Park, our Compost Center at 32nd Street and Pier 84.
More drop-off sites means more compost, less waste and a flourishing Park! Since we opened our Compost Center in 2015, we transitioned to composting our horticultural waste, and in 2016, this allowed us to divert more than 350,000 pounds of organic waste from landfills, which we’ve used to help our gardens thrive. This year, we hope to exceed that amount by 100,000 pounds.
Are you ready to help make our neighborhoods greener? There are multiple ways to get involved!
- Drop your food scraps off any day of the week at one of our seven drop off sites.
- Take this survey put together by students at the University of Michigan, which will help us learn about our neighbors’ needs and barriers to participating in this community compost program.
- Volunteer as a Compost Ambassador or Compost Facilitator, and make a continued impact!
We can’t wait to see the difference our Community Compost Program makes. Thanks to all who have dedicated their hard work, support and banana peels to making a more sustainable future for our Park and community!