Mayor Bloomberg, Food Issue Hero

February 19, 2013

His honor will not only seek to ban styrofoam food containers in the city of New York, but will also take steps to limit food waste across the five boroughs.

"...we'll also tackle New York City's final recycling frontier:food waste. We bury 1.2 million tons of food waste in landfills every year at a cost of nearly $80 per ton. That waste can be used as fertilizer or converted to energy at a much lower price. That's good for the environment and for taxpayers. This spring, we'll launch a pilot program to collect curbside organic waste from single family homes in Staten Island, for composting. If it succeeds, we'll develop a plan to take it citywide.

"We'll also take food recycling in schools citywide. There is no better way to teach the next generation about the importance of recycling than to make it a part of their school day routine. It has been phenomenally successful where we've tried it - and I want to thank all the parents who were so supportive.



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