During every shopping session over 50 NYC nonprofit organizations and public schools help reduce NYC’s waste stream by reusing supplies from Materials for the Arts. Yesterday these shoppers also learned how to transform their food waste and yard trimmings into compost, a nutrient-rich, dark, crumbly material that helps improve soil health and provides essential nutrients to plants–what’s not to love?
We welcomed Gina and Jen of the NYC Compost Project (Queens) to the warehouse yesterday. They set up a booth so our recipients could see a worm bin in action and distributed information about composting, recycling and waste reduction.
According to EPA statistics, food waste and yard trimmings together comprise over 25% of municipal solid waste! While we do a decent job recovering yard trimmings–with almost 60% recovered, only 2.5 percent of food waste is recovered, which is especially sad considering it can be easily transformed by worms. These worms can eat about half their body weight daily and will yield compost, which you can use to “improve the quality of almost any soil. Compost improves the structure and texture of the soil enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture and air for the betterment of plants.”
Through the Compost Project, NYC residents can purchase worm bin kits at a reduced rate. There are NYC Compost Project representatives for your borough that are generally based at your local botanical garden.
Want to learn more? Be sure to sign up for the Composting Workshop, October 27th, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Materials for the Arts. The workshop fee is $5. You can sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 718-539-5296.