Earth Day is an opportunity for all New Yorkers to renew our commitment to protecting the planet – and key ways we can do that are by reducing the amount of waste our City produces and processes, as well as ensuring that new buildings are more energy efficient.
In addition to co-sponsoring electronic waste recycling events, my office is working with the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to pilot organic-waste recycling on West 83rd Street, which allows residents to compost food and yard waste in sealed containers that are picked up by Sanitation. The project also helps reduce the number of rats feeding on curb-side garbage, a win-win.
I have also supported the City’s school composting pilot program, which has achieved such amazing results that it has been adopted Citywide – plus worked to require greener buildings and provide funding for schools to install greenhouses. Together, we can all do more to reduce, re-use, and recycle.