This morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the expansion of the city’s new voluntary composting program, which is expected to reach across the five boroughs by 2014.
But don’t expect the billionaire mayor to start collecting scraps and peelings in Tupperware containers at his ritzy townhouse any time soon.
“No, I don’t think we’ve cooked a meal since we started this, to be honest with you,” he told Politicker with a hearty laugh when asked by Politicker whether he’d had any personal experience with composting.
With his mayoral term coming to a close, Mayor Bloomberg is rushing to put his “green” thumbprint on everything he possibly can. The latest in Bloomberg’s frenzied eco-friendly crusade? Composting.
New Yorkers now have the option of making space for a picnic basket-sized container designed to house food waste in kitchens the size of postage Read More
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Bay Ridge residents are falling apart at the seams over a slew of clothing collection bins.
The enormous metal receptacles for used clothing have been popping up along Bay Ridge’s sidewalks, causing protests from residents and community leaders who believe that the bins are unsafe and unattractive.
“They’re popping up all over the place, and the Read More
One mans trash is another mans treasure. A nice idiom, one my grandmother, a child of the Great Depression, liked to repeat. She also liked, “waste not, want not.” Keeping both in mind, she strove to throw out nothing, expecting, that it would one day become treasure again. Thus the stack of Life magazines from 1957 to 1960 currently propping up our dining room table.
In the modern data driven world, the idiom has changed. Now, it seems, one mans trash is another mans consumer trend index. At least for the Independent Budget Office (IBO), who released a report yesterday, compiling numbers from the Mayors Management Report showing that the amount of waste produced by New Yorkers has dropped progressively from it’s high in 2004 of about 4 pounds a day per person to just under 3 pounds now.
If you thought the looming debate on an Israel boycottwas a real crisis of conscience for the Park Slope Food Co-op, that has nothing on the pending decision to abolish plastic bags. Not grocery bags, which were done away with years ago, but plastic produce bags, something that actually costs the glorious grocer $22,000 a year.
Amid the New York State budget’s disaster lays some sign of progress. At long last the state legislature has expanded its law requiring deposits on beverage bottles to include a five-cent refundable deposit on water bottles in addition to beer and soda beverage packaging. According to state estimates, water bottles comprise nearly a quarter of Read More
As summer heats up, our thoughts return to garbage–specifically New York City’s garbage. As I’ve mentioned before, it would be hard to invent a more environmentally damaging, or more expensive system of waste management, than the one we use. To reiterate–in New York City we collect the garbage that residents place on the curb and Read More
New York City produces a lot of garbage. Over 36,000 tons of solid waste is produced every day by the city’s 8,300,000 residents and millions of workers and visitors. While New York still has not developed an effective waste management system, and the Bloomberg Administration made some unfortunate changes in recycling rules in their first Read More