6 DE ENERO 2022 • 25
COMPOSTING MADE EASY
IN LOWER MANHATTAN
As this summer’s IPCC reports and our super-warm December weather reminded us — climate change is
real, and it’s here. And while coordinated global government action is crucial to mitigating rising sea levels
and temperatures, individual action matters, too. Recycling, transitioning to solar power, and taking public
transit or carpooling are all ways to cut down on your own carbon footprint. Another great way to help the
To help Downtown New Yorkers up their compost game, the Downtown Alliance has teamed up with
the NYC Department of Sanitation, environmental technology company emz and Brookfield Properties
to launch a new public composting pilot program that’ll make depositing your food scraps accessible
There are 10 compost bins located south of Chambers Street — meaning that 90% of the neighborhood
can find a bin within a five-minute walk. The bins are accessible through the mobile app eGate Digi, which
allows users to unlock specific receptacles through a Bluetooth connection. You can access these bins
24-hours a day, seven days a week.
So if you’ve got food scraps or a dying houseplant that you just can’t revive no matter how many humidifiers you’ve set up in your
apartment — you just take it on a little stroll with you to one of the bins, use your phone to unlock it and deposit your waste. Later, DSNY
will pick it up and bring it to local and regional composting facilities, where it’ll either be composted and brought back to use in NYC
parks and gardens, or made into renewable energy through anaerobic digestion.
It’s an exciting new program and we hope you’ll help make it a success, one that inspires other neighborhoods, cities and
municipalities to their composting game, too. The planet needs a little boost. Let’s show our home we’re here for it.
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