30 Jul 2013 | by Kim-Jenna Jurriaans | Civil Society - Original Feature
New York City produces 14 million tons of garbage each year, of which roughly a quarter is made up by household trash. By making residents separate food scraps for weekly curbside compost collection, the New York Sanitation department is now hoping to divert 1.2 million tons of trash from landfills and save itself up to 100 million dollars each year.
Currently in its pilot phase across select communities in New York, Mayor Bloomberg last month announced his intention to make the composting initiative mandatory across all of New Yorker, including schools and restaurants, by 2016.
While the idea of a sustainable, greener city in principle appeals to many, New York’s fast lifestyles, diverse urban environment and multi-cultural residents are likely to make citywide implementation a challenge — but also an opportunity to show that it can be done under less-than-ideal circumstances, according to city officials.
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