However, composters and program advocates – including former Council speaker Corey Johnson, who has called for a citywide composting authorization – say it’s Catch-22. Many residents want composting, advocates say, but the program is either not available in their counties or in their buildings. Owners of buildings with 10 units or more must approve the program for resident participation.
Advocates say a mandated citywide program is the best way to increase participation, with the requirement that residents and businesses separate food scraps and yard waste from the trash. New York’s recycling mandate, which began in 1989, has promoted mass segregation of plastic, glass, metal, and paper waste. The estimates place the cost of citywide mandatory composting, a far-fetched goal for now, between $40 million and $251 million per year.
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On Thursday, State Senator Brad Hoylman sought to counter the mayor’s move, introducing an invoice Ask the city to collect leftovers from every residence. During the mayoral campaign, Mr. Adams tell the City in a campaign questionnaire he would issue such a task.
Even before the pandemic, the city was well behind Mr. de Blasio’s plan to enact a citywide composting regime in 2018, even though officials acknowledged that New York could not achieve it. be the goal of zero waste without it.
Lagging is part of the reason why, of the 3.1 million tons of trash New Yorkers produce each year, the city recycles less than 20 percentlower than other large cities such as Seattle and San Francisco that mandate separation of compost.
By 2020, before the pandemic and seven years after curbside composting began in some neighborhoods, less than half of the city’s population had the option of asking the Sanitation Department to pick up compost bins. brown mix. inside neighboring areas where bins are locatedonly 10 percent of residents use them.
When Mr. de Blasio suspended the program, Kathryn Garcia resigned as sanitation commissioner, citing her disagreement over the cuts in her resignation (she later ran for mayor). Various private groups have helped fill the void in some neighboring areas. But they say they cannot replace the size of a city show.
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