let’s compost at greenmarket

for those of you who like the idea of composting but are wary about setting one up or don’t have the space to do it because you live in an apartment, there is a way!

beginning in march, GrowNYC started a pilot program to expand food scrap collections at select greenmarkets. all you do is collect food scraps in your home and then drop it off at the greenmarket on its weekly date. here’s a handy checklist of things you can compost and how you can store it during the week. some things i learned you can compost in addition to vegetables and fruits are tea bags and flowers!

the pilot program is running through december 31 but hope it continues and becomes a regular program so we can all take part in composting!

tips to compost

What  can I bring to the compost collection sites?

Accepted materials include

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal, etc)
  • coffee grounds & filters
  • tea bags
  • egg and nut shells
  • pits
  • cut or dried flowers
  • houseplants and potting soil

Please NO

  • meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy
  • dog or cat waste, kitty litter
  • coal or charcoal
  • coconuts
  • diseased and/or insect-infested houseplants/soil
  • biodegradable/compostable plastics

How should I store my food scraps?

Food scraps can be collected in

  • large yogurt containers or other covered plastic containers
  • plastic bags
  • milk cartons
  • commercially-available compost pails

To reduce odors at home and at the Greenmarket

  • store items in the freezer or refrigerator
  • a layer of shredded newspaper at the bottom of your storage container also helps

read more about GrowNYC’s Compost at Greenmarket and download compost brochure (image from GrowNYC website)

learn other programs from GrowNYC: Recycle at Greenmarket

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