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Organics collection service extending to Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The Department of Sanitation’s organics collection program is branching out to Queens.

Starting in April, residents in Middle Village, Maspeth and Glendale will be able to participate in the program, which targets food scraps, food-spoiled paper and yard waste, such as leaves, to recycle. The program is already underway in parts of the other four boroughs.

The organics collection program is part of the city’s plan to expand recycling. The city spent more than $85 million exporting organics to landfills last year, and hopes that an expanded recycling program will lower that cost.

“If we can collect organics, we can avoid landfills disposal fees and convert the organic material into compost, an organic fertilizer, or clean renewable energy,” said Ron Gonen, deputy commissioner for recycling and sustainability. “It’s a win for taxpayers, it’s a win for the environment and it’s a win for local jobs.”

The containers are brown and come in a small kitchen size and a bigger curbside size as well. The program is volunteer-based, but the bins will be delivered to all buildings with nine or fewer residential units.

The Department of Sanitation asks that residents put only food-soiled waste, food scraps and yard waste in the bins. This means no metal, glass, plastics, cartons, animal waste, foam items, clothing or electronics are allowed in the organics bins.

People participating in the program do not need to line their organic trash bins, but if they want they can line them with newspaper, paper bags, cardboard, clear plastic liners or compostable liners approved by the Department of Sanitation.

The organic trash collected from Queens will be transferred to a composting facility upstate, according to a Sanitation Department representative.

For more information on the organics recycling collection program, visit www.nyc.gov/organics.

 

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Turn your Christmas tree into woodchips at this weekend’s MulchFest


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Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr /Photo by Kristen Artz

Are you still hanging onto that Christmas tree?

If yes, then come to MulchFest, this weekend at participating parks around Queens and the rest of the city.

You can bring your tree to one of the park’s chipping locations on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to recycle it into woodchips.

Afterwards, you can take home your own bag of mulch or the woodchips will be used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year, according to the Parks Department.

Some parks will be drop-off only locations. At these sites, you can leave your tree and it will be recycled later. The city’s Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling through Wednesday, Jan. 15.

MULCHFEST LOCATIONS IN QUEENS:

Astoria Park*
19th Street & Hoyt Avenue
Chipping

Brookville Park*
Brookville Boulevard between 144th Avenue & Caney Road
Chipping

Cunningham Park*
Visitor Parking Lot & 196th Street
Chipping

Forest Park Bandshell*
Forest Park Drive, west of Woodhaven Boulevard
Chipping

Juniper Valley Park*
80th Street between Juniper Boulevards North & South
Chipping

Kissena Park (Sunday Only)*
164th Street at Underhill Avenue
Chipping

Kissena Park (Saturday Only)
164th Street at Underhill Avenue
Drop-off only

Land Restoration Project Compound*
Queens Plaza South & 10th Street
Chipping

Oakland Gardens / Playground 203*
Springfield Boulevard at 56th Avenue
Chipping

Rockaway Beach
Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street
Drop-off only

Rockaway Beach parking lot
Beach 11th Street
Drop-off only

Rockaway Beach Neponsit Nursing Home parking lot
West of 149th Street
Drop-off only

Roy Wilkins Park
Park entrance at Merrick and Foch Boulevards
Drop-off only

Travers Park*
78th Street & 34th Avenue
Chipping

Chipping Biodegradable bags with free mulch at the sites marked with an asterisk (*)

 

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It is easy being green


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The residents of Western Queens are no longer green when it comes to saving the environment.

Hundreds of people attended the first annual Western Queens Green Resources Fair on September 10 in order to learn how to live healthier, greener lives and discover green activities in the area. The fair, which was made possible by the Greening Western Queens Fund of North Star Fund, was held at the Long Island City Queens Library, located at 40-20 Broadway.

“Libraries are ultimate in reuse,” said Lynne Serpe, the fair’s organizer. “They are about learning and sharing resources. What better place to learn about being green than your local library?”

Roughly two dozen green organizations participated in the event, including Build It Green! NYC, Earth Day NY, Green Shores NYC, National Children’s Study and the Astoria Park Alliance.

Games, giveaways and eco-crafts were available at the fair, providing an enjoyable and educational day for children and adults alike. In addition, visitors had the opportunity to plant peas and beans to bring home with them and interact with Serema chickens and loads of worms.

“People have a real interest in learning how they can save money and save the environment, whether from recycling or composting or making their homes more energy efficient,” said Serpe, who also manages a Greening Initiative at five local branch libraries. “But they also want to have fun. Our eco-crafting and gardening programs are hugely popular.”