Composting Trash in Brooklyn

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

North Brooklyn will be the site of a pilot project to convert food waste from the borough into compost, reports Greenpoint Gazette’s Tanay Warerkar.

Waste Management of New York (WMNY), which operates a solid waste transfer station at Varick Avenue in Brooklyn, has applied to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to alter its permit to allow it to operate source-separated organic (SSO) equipment, which processes food waste. New York’s Department of Sanitation estimates that 30 percent of the city’s waste is currently eligible for composting.

“New York City has efforts under way to divert this material from the waste stream for composting and generation of renewable energy,” said George McGrath, a spokesperson for WMNY. “WMNY is installing the SSO equipment at the Varick facility as part of a demonstration project to test the effectiveness of this technology in converting food waste to a renewable energy source.”

For more on the plan, and concerns about noise and odors that may emanate from the facility as the new equipment is used for composting trash, go to Greenpoint Gazette.

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