With the recent announcement that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is piloting a composting program in Staten Island, we were curious—how many of the serious eaters out there compost their food scraps? In his speech, Bloomberg shared that New Yorkers put about 1.2 million tons of food in landfills each year at a cost of $80 per ton. An organic waste recycling program would save the city money while producing fertilizer. San Francisco and Seattle are two of the only U.S. cities with city-wide composting programs. Do you compost? And if you don’t, would you if your city had a pick-up program to make it easier?
About the Author: A student in Providence, Rhode Island, Leah Douglas loves learning about, talking about, reading about, and consuming food. Her work has also been featured in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.