Farmer’s Market Collects Food Scraps for Composting
NEW YORK– A weekly farmers market hosted by the nonprofit GrowNYC has opened for the season, bringing a bounty of fresh regional produce, and a collection for all the trimmings.
In 2017, GrowNYC began accepting food scraps from commuters on Friday mornings at Fordham Plaza, in partnership with the NYC Department of Sanitation. In its first year the program collected 1,599 pounds of vegetable scraps, stale bread, and coffee grounds which were later transformed into compost for gardens and other green spaces.
This year, the organization will operate its Fordham Plaza Greenmarket on Fridays and include expanded food scrap collection hours as a feature of the farmers market.
A collection for clothing, shoes and textiles such as sheets and towels will be added as an additional recycling service.
These tax-deductible donations will be sorted for reuse or recycled into new products such as rags or insulation.
GrowNYC has collected more than 5 million pounds of clothing and textiles and over 11 million pounds of food scraps at dozens of Greenmarkets throughout the five boroughs.
Together, food scraps and textiles comprise 27% of NYC’s waste, making efforts like these critical to reducing the Big Apple’s environmental footprint.
The Fordham Plaza Greenmarket takes place Fridays, June 15 – November 30, at East Fordham Road & 3rd Avenue. Food scraps and clothing are collected from 7 am-1 pm.
For more information, visit
www.grownyc.org or call 212-788-7964.