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Culture & Community
Learn About Composting
What is our composting program?
It’s composting that starts in your home and ends at the Y. Collect your food scraps from home and bring them to the Y whenever is most convenient for you. Drop off is available 7 days a week, during all open hours. There is no charge for dropping off your food scraps, and no limit to the frequency or amount you can drop off.
Why should I compost with the Y?
Drop off composting is an easy way for you to make your home greener by recycling your food scraps that would otherwise end up slowly decomposing in a landfill.
There are many benefits to composting;
When you compost you are recycling.
Composting diverts food scraps from overcrowded landfills.
Composting returns nutrient rich food scraps back to the soil, completing the food cycle.
Diverting food scraps from landfills helps reduce Methane gas (a harmful greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere.
The Y program accepts more items than other city composting efforts, including meat, bones, cheese, shells, and some paper products, making home collection easy. Our program also features drop-off on your schedule, 7 days a week.
What happens after drop-off?
The food scraps dropped off in this program are collected by NYC Department of Sanitation as a part of their composting pilot.
They are then transported to a commercial compost facility.
This facility uses covered aerated static compost piles to break down the material into valuable compost that is then sold in the agricultural market
The compost piles quickly reach and stay at temperatures of 145°F or more. High temperatures kill any undesirable organisms, pathogens, and help to breakdown tough materials like bones and corncobs.
What is the goal of this program?
It’s important to us at the 14th Street Y that we continue our commitment to a sustainable environment. We are excited to help our city increase its efforts in the area of food scrap recycling. Our hope is that a successful pilot will encourage other institutions to create similar models for residential drop off composting; increasing the drop off locations around the city and making it easier for people to participate. The more aware we become of the lifecycle of our food, the more conscious our efforts can be to positively impact that cycle.