Resident-led composting projects will contribute to city’s “Zero Waste” goal by promoting organics recycling
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, the Citizens Committee for New York City, and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board today jointly announced $20,000 in grant awards for 32 community composting projects in neighborhoods across the city. The announcement comes as International Composting Awareness Week draws to a close.
Through the Community Composting Grant program, schools, community gardens, urban farming programs, tenant associations, and other grassroots community groups can apply for micro-grants of up to $750. The awards are used to purchase equipment or materials in support of composting programs in local neighborhoods. By borough, 12 of this year’s grantees were located in Manhattan, with 12 more in Brooklyn, four in Queens, and two each in the Bronx and Staten Island.
The grant program’s goals are increasing awareness and adoption of composting among city residents, and helping groups engaged in composting to expand their current compost bin systems. Over $50,000 in micro-grants have been awarded to 86 grassroots groups in the last two years of this program, which is now in its fifth year.
“Zero waste going to landfills: that’s the ambitious, fifteen-year goal set in Mayor de Blasio’s One NYC plan, and a major increase in composting is one of the keys to getting there,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I am proud to partner with the Citizens Committee and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board for the 2015 Composting Grant Program. These grassroots programs are helping us lay the groundwork today for dramatically more composting tomorrow.” Read more…