NYLPI Testifies at City Council Oversight Hearing and Pens Op Ed to Keep Community Composting Organizations OperatingDecember 22, 2020
You can view the recording of the Parks and Sanitation Committee Hearing at the New York City Council Legislative Research Center.
City Limits: Opinion: Parks’ Plan to Evict Beloved Composting Sites Would Strike Blow to NYC Climate Goals
By Melissa Iachan and Eric A. Goldstein
December 21, 2020
The decision [to evict two beloved non-profit groups that are running successful community composting operations] runs directly contrary to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious climate objectives, his “Zero Waste to landfills” goals and his long-standing commitment to environmental justice.
Waste is a major source of environmental injustice and a driver of climate change. Organic waste comprises more than 33 percent of the city’s waste stream, and this waste is sent to landfills and incinerators after being trucked into and out of environmental justice neighborhoods where garbage transfer stations are disproportionately located.
In contrast, sending food scraps and yard waste to composting facilities eliminates the pollution and produces a useful end product that reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, stabilizes and enriches soil, and helps curb plant diseases and pests.
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