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New York City Expanding its Organic Waste Collection

New York City is expanding its organic waste collection in Brooklyn and Queens.

The New York City Department of Sanitation is expanding the program to 70,000 new households, it said in a news release. The pilot program is being extended to Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope in Brooklyn, and portions of Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth in Queens.

The program will collect food waste, food-soiled paper, and leaf and yard waste.

The Sanitation Department currently collects organic waste in areas of Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Single-family homes and buildings with nine or fewer residential units will receive a a starter kit including a brochure detailing the program, a small kitchen container, and a larger brown outdoor organics bin that can be put at curbside when filled.

After the department collects the material, it will be composted or sent to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant to its anaerobic digestion unit and turned into energy.

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