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Culture & Community
Getting Started at Home
Collecting Your Compostables:
Step 1: Separate your food scraps at home
Take your leftovers, excess food from cooking, or rotten foods and put them aside. This includes meats, bones, and cheeses. Basically anything that used to be alive can be composted.
Green Note: Try scheduling a monthly refrigerator and freezer clean out, that way you can recycle the foods you’re not eating and also get yourself into a new green routine.
Step 2: Place your scraps into a container
You can use anything to store the scraps, but please keep in mind that plastic is not compostable. Using a compostable bag means you can just drop the bag and go! With a plastic bag you will need to dump the food contents into the compost bin at drop off, and toss the plastic into the adjacent waste bin. If you use a reusable container that is great as well, just be sure to empty the contents in the bin and take your container with you.
Green Note: Many companies make countertop compost bins that you can leave out in your kitchen, these bins are designed to minimize potential smell and fruit flies. You can also keep your food scraps in your freezer or refrigeration to alleviate smells in-between long drops.
Step 3: Work it into your routine
Work it into your routine! Bring your food waste to the 14th Street Y whenever you visit. It’s free to Y members and patrons, available during all open hours, and there is no amount to how much or little you can drop-off.
Green Note: Roughly, 29% of household waste is organic and can be composted.* This means there is more to compost in your home than you might think! Review our acceptable items list to determine other compostable items you might be able to recycle with the Y.