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Promoting Neighborhood Composting With a Visit to Chenchita’s Community Garden in E. Harlem

B.P. Brewer joined Citizens Committee for NYC and Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board to highlight resident-led composting projects helping the city achieve their “Zero Waste” goal

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined representatives of the Citizens Committee for New York City and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board toured Chenchita’s Community Garden in East Harlem and held a press conference highlighting the Community Composting Grant Program’s success in promoting neighborhood composting programs in Manhattan and around New York City.

Chenchita’s Community Garden is a first-time grantee, and their grant will support the garden’s “waste sorting challenge” public education project, as well as the purchase of a new compost tumbler to collect food waste for expanded composting in the community. By spurring the creation and expansion of local composting programs, the grant program helps hasten everyday New Yorkers’ adoption of composting and waste-diversion habits that are crucial to the One NYC Plan’s goal of zero waste going to landfills by 2030, set by Mayor de Blasio earlier this year.

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. More than $22,000 in grants were awarded through the program this year, which has expanded to award grants to dozens of organizations across the five boroughs since its inception five years ago.

“If zero waste to landfills is the goal, a major increase in composting is a key part of getting there,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Working together, we are empowering grassroots organizations to help lay the groundwork today for more composting tomorrow.” Read more…

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