New York mayor proposing composting mandate – The Hill

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  • New York City is proposing new rules that require residents to separate their yard waste from trash for composting.

  • The new rules are set to go into effect in Queens and will be rolled out to the other four boroughs by October next year.

  • The city’s voluntary composting program is also returning to the city.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is proposing a new rule requiring residents to compost leaves, grass, branches and other yard waste outside their homes.

The new rules will go into effect first in Queens later this year and then in Brooklyn from October 2, according to the Department of Health’s notice. Released on Monday.

Residents of the Bronx and Staten Island will have to separate their garden waste for composting starting March 25 next year, and the rule will apply to Manhattanites on October 7, 2024. the notice said.

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“Garden waste occurs in your garden or yard, not at home, apart from other types of recyclable and non-recyclable waste. It is usually already separated into separate bins or bags,” the notice said. is written.

“Therefore, it is easy to require mandatory sorting of yard waste. Residents do not have to change their behavior other than to put out their yard waste on designated recycling days.”

The news of the new regulations coincides with the return of the city’s voluntary manure collection program, which reopened in Queens on Monday and was piloted in the borough last October.

The city plans to offer street composting services for all New Yorkers by October 2024, according to the notice.

The new rule is one of many changes Adams proposed to make the streets of the Big Apple cleaner and less rat-friendly.

“Organic waste, including yard waste, food waste, and food-stained paper, makes up 34 percent of New York City’s residential wave,” the notice states. “Additionally, this material is the most perishable part of New York City’s roadside waste stream and attracts rats and other vermin.”

When the new composting regulations go into effect, New York City will join several other U.S. regions providing composting services to residents, including San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; and Boulder, Colorado.

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