Wednesday, October 03, 2012

It's Your Turn To Compost In Carroll Gardens

Collecting coffee grounds 
as well as peels and scraps
in a bin in my kitchen
Food Scrap Drop-Off every Sunday morning at the Carroll Gardens Green Market
Just drop your food scraps into one of the green bins
The scraps will be composted locally, where they will become fertile soil enrichment for local farming projects
Ever since the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket began taking part in the "GROWNYC Food Scrap Compost Program" in April of this year, I have been collecting my coffee grounds, egg shells and peels, so that I can drop them off at the market on Sunday mornings.
It's an easy way to keep organic waste out of our landfills and to turn it into a useful product that can be used to enrich soil for street trees, gardens, and local farms instead.
Perhaps you have been thinking about it? I encourage you to try, even if it is just for a week.

You'll see. It is actually a very easy way to be a bit greener. And that feels great.
Here is how to get started:
* During the week, collect your fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal etc.), coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants and potting soil.
****Please NO meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy, dog or cat waste, kitty litter, coal or charcoal, coconuts, diseased and/or insect-infested houseplants/soil or biodegradable/compostable plastics.
I use a medium sized covered plastic container lined with a paper bag.

* Drop off your scraps at the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket on Sunday mornings, from 8 am to 1 PM.  (The bins are on the Smith Street side.)
Then do your weekly produce shopping.

*The collected scraps are composted right at the Salt Lot at 2nd Avenue in Gowanus through the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

For more info about the program, click here.

So you'll give it a try?

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