Separation of food and waste
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated recently that separation of food waste from other refuse could be required of residents in just a few years. Despite the city’s high density and vertical architecture, the Bloomberg administration has come up with a plan to begin collecting precisely 100,000 tons of composted foods per year. Presently, NYC buries 1.2 million tons of food waste in landfills, which costs nearly $80/ton.
Over on the West Coast, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to tackle the issue of food composting back in 2009. The goal is for San Francisco to be “zero waste” by 2020, according to Guillermo Rodriguez, the communications director for SF’s Department of the Environment. Seattle and Portland have adopted similar curbside composting programs. The current statistics on recycling alone are: NY = 15%; SF = 80%. It’s about time New York catches up to its Western counterparts.