It’s easy to think that living green is tough in a place like New York, and of course it can be at times. However! After moving off the meal plan and into a suite with a kitchen, treading lightly on this planet has become a source of happiness and convenience for me. Here is a couple tips about how to compost your organic waste and why that can be useful!
Q: How can I compost?
A: There are a couple ways. If you have access to a refrigerator or freezer, then the cheapest option is just to put your organic waste in a brown paper bag or plastic bag right in the freezer. This prevents any odors and creates a wild veggie ice sculpture! Another option is to purchase a compost container that does not need to be refrigerated. These tend to cost around $10-$15 and can be bought at most hardware type stores. You can also watch the decomposition process occur which is pretty cool.
Q: Where do I dispose of this veggie ice sculpture?
A: We are so lucky because the farmers market that occurs every Thursday and Sunday on 116th and Broadway has a compost collection site! So all you have to do is bring your veggies to the compost tent called Grow NYC (which is the first stand right by the Columbia gates) and dump your green goods into the bins they have there! On Sundays the truck comes and collects the waste at 1:00pm, but Thursday it stays open until 3:00 pm.
Q: What’s in it for me?
A: SO MUCH! Firstly, you wont have stinky trash! If you compost and recycle, you actually produce very little general waste, which takes up less space and requires you to remove it less frequently. Also it reduces fruit flies or any other pests that may manage to creep into your space. You also get the satisfaction of knowing that your waste is being used for growing more things which is just pretty awesome if you ask me.
More information on why you should compost from Grow NYC here: http://www.grownyc.org/compost