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Compost Collection at Bryant Park

You'll be surprised how much of your trash is actually compostable.

Efforts to make Bryant Park an environmentally friendly public space went up a notch this month when we launched a pilot compost waste collection program. In partnership with NYC Department of Sanitation, Bryant Park is the first pubic park in New York City to institute separate compost collection.

The amount of compostable food thrown away in a busy park is astounding. By composting as much of it as possible, we’ll not only cut down on the amount of garbage wheaded to the landfill, we’ll also help enrich our environment by turning it into composted soil and renewable energy.

Compost collection is available for all park visitors at Le Carrousel, 12pm–2pm, every weekday. Just bring your waste to the stand where a staff will help you sort it. This trial period for composting at Bryant Park runs through the end of 2017. If successful, we hope to make it a permanent fixture of the park in the future.

While planning this program, we researched what could and could not be composted. Of course, anything edible is eligible, as are peels, cores, stems, bones, and cheese rinds. Also eligible are soiled napkins and paper plates, used coffee filters and grounds, tea bags with staples removed, and cut flowers. Furthermore, many take-away eateries are packing their foods in compostable cardboard containers, including Whole Foods, Chipotle, and many food vendors at Bryant Park. If you have any doubt, just ask the staff member at the compost stand.   

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