From Green to Gold… Compost is the Way to Go!

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You already know you can donate some of your unwanted items to MFTA, but what do you do with your unwanted and inedible food waste and scrap vegetation? We have one word for you: COMPOST!

Let’s face it, to the squeamish and painfully urbanized, compost seems smelly, messy and, frankly, unsightly! But for those savvy about urban gardening, bags of decomposing organic matter are just steps away from being turned into GOLD for the garden! Pleasant or not, when managed appropriately, compost is undeniably good for the planet, for the earth, and for everyone!

How can we get started? How do we go from being a novice, a naysayer or a noncommittal, to being proactive about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? How can we bring awareness about the three R’s to our communities? Attention teachers, school staff, administrators, and parent volunteers: How about starting a compost system at your school (AND get rewarded for it!)?!

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The NYC Compost Project  can help you! Part of a citywide program created in 1993 by long time MFTA partner, NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR), NYC Compost Project provides compost education and outreach throughout NYC. They are offering a workshop next week at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG).

Details: Workshop: Start a Compost System at your School!

Making compost is a great hands-on way to teach ecology, recycling, and gardening. We will discuss different compost systems that could work for your school, ways to incorporate composting into the school curriculum, and offer resources available. You will go away with a plan to begin your own school compost project!

To register, please visit https://classes.bbg.org/ or contact the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn at (718)-623-7290 or Compost@bbg.org. Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. Date: Wednesday, February 6th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

And remember to sign up for a free Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Field Trip with MFTA, to get fired up about your school’s chance to win generous cash prizes in one of this year’s three Golden Apple Awards contests by April 30, 2013!

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