Bloomberg proposes food waste compost program that aims to save the city money

Posted at 10:50 AM, Jun 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-17 10:50:02-04

How do you feel about separating food from your trash every time you eat?  Well you may have to under a new plan from the Bloomberg administration designed to get New Yorkers to compost.

The mayor has rolled out a number initiatives while in office. First it was smoking in bars and restaurants, then trans fats and large sugary drinks.  Now mayor Bloomberg would like to see composting bins in every kitchen in the city and New Yorkers separating their chicken bones and egg shells from the rest of their trash.

Bloomberg first announced the pilot composting program during his State of the City address in February.  Now he’d like to see the voluntary program expanded this fall to all 5 boroughs and officials say it could become mandatory.

Under the plan all food,soiled paper and plants would go into the bin to be recycled.  In high rise buildings residents would frequently empty their bins into larger bins in trash collection areas and those would be emptied regularly.

” I think its a very good idea and I think its easy for people to do.” said Kimberly Weston, a resident of the Helena, a green building on West 57th street.  The Helena took part in the pilot program and provides brown composting bins to residents. Caesar Rodriguez who also lives in the building told PIX 11 ” I guess it’s a good idea but kind of difficult.”  asked if its messy he told us “It can be smelly when you open the box.”

The idea is to cut down on the amount of food waste taken to landfills which would save the city money. Last year the city paid more than $336 million dollars to get rid of trash with most of it going to landfills in other states. Officials think the city could save up to $100 million dollars a year by sending less trash to landfills.  Once a composting plant is built it could turn the waste into energy.