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Image Source: BIG!NYC

Earlier in the year we reported on where you could drop your food scraps for composting. Most of that compost went to improving city property and community gardens and organizations. But unless you built your own bin, if you’ve wanted to get in on that composting action, you were out of luck. But not now. BIG!NYC points out that the Department of Sanitation will give you free bags of city compost and mulch as long as you use them to beautify public trees lining the street. Those oases of bark and dirt along the sidewalks easily suffer from rainwater runoff, uncurbed dogs, and sheer neglect. With a load of compost and mulch, a weekend afternoon, and a couple of friends, you can finally fix up that shabby patch of dirt outside your home — for free!

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Image source: Build It Green!NYC

We love hearing from Build It Green!NYC – they do amazing work in Queens when it comes to resuse materials. They are also home to the Western Queens Compost Initiative and are always looking for ways to extend their reach with new projects. One of the newest is a commuter composting program – a pilot program to make composting easier for people in Queens.

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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

LIC Community Garden – 49th Avenue, between Vernon Blvd and 5th Street (GMAP)
Sundays, 10:00am-1:00pm

Long Island City CSA, Hour Children – 36-49 11th Street (GMAP)
January 19 and February 2, 10:00am-2:00pm

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Image Source: Elle C. on Flickr

Catch the Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden today! This event is bursting with fun activities for kids and adults alike. Some of the activities for the kids include face painting and origami pumpkin demonstrations while the adults enjoy the cider press demonstrations and the Harvest Fest Beer Tent. Dig into the seasonal treats available at the QBG Marketplace and learn how to compost with the NYC Compost Project. Come one, come all!

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday, October 14, 2012
11am-5pm | $4 Admission + Additional charges for some activities.