It’s easier than ever for Queens residents to green their routines, thanks to the increasing number of compost initiatives around the borough. Several libraries, Greenmarkets, community gardens, and other organizations have become drop-off sites for your kitchen scraps, so that your food waste doesn’t have to go into the landfill.
If you’re ready to go green in 2013, here are the many locations you can bring food/plant scraps to be composted. Most of these drop-off sites are open year round, and more locations will be added soon.
Long Island City
Queens County Farm Museum – 73-50 Little Neck Parkway (GMAP)
Winter hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10:00-3:00 (Bring scraps to one of the three large black compost tumblers near the hanger, just north of the main field.)
After you add your food scraps to the bin at one of these sites, organizations like BIG!Compost (formerly known as the Western Queens Compost Initiative), SunnyCompost and the Queens County Farm Museum do the hard work of managing the waste and helping it turn into rich soil that can be used for growing food, flowers and trees all over Queens. So make sure to thank your local composters for getting the scraps off your hands and using them for good in the neighborhood.
Compost organizers also ask that you bring your food scraps in reusable containers so you don’t burden them with plastic bags or add to landfill waste in the process. For a list of what to compost and what not to compost, see BIG!Compost’s guide. And to avoid rotting smells and fruit flies in the kitchen, you can keep your compost contributions in the freezer for days or weeks until you’re ready to unload them.