CPN launched our Food Scrap Drop Off site (FSDO) on Jan. 27, 2022 in College Point Park, located on 14th Ave. and College Point Blvd. Drop your food scraps with CPN every Thursday morning from 10 am until Noon in College Point!
What can you bring to the Food Scrap Drop Off Site? Fruits and vegetables; eggshells, nuts and nutshells; flowers and houseplant trimmings; coffee grounds and teabags; rice, bread, pasta, grains; BPI-certified compostable plastic products.
Are you new to this whole concept? A great way to start, is to start small. Each week, choose an item that you’ll store separately from your trash. Maybe start with coffee grounds or tea bags, and put them inside a reusable container or a paper/plastic bag. You can store scraps in the freezer, in a countertop bin, in a covered kitchen trash can, or even outdoors in a locked cooler during the winter. As you get into the habit, try separating some other items, like, dinnertime veggie scraps, breakfast eggshells, or wilted flowers. You’ll quickly notice how much emptier your “trash” bag is.
This is College Point’s first-ever FSDO! Why are we doing this? One-third of NYC’s waste is organic. When tossed in the trash and dumped at landfills, organic waste takes up valuable space and releases a greenhouse gas (methane) that is 10x more potent than carbon dioxide. A smarter approach is to use food waste to make compost and renewable energy, diverting it from landfills.
What will happen to all of these food scraps? Some will be hauled to sites including Queens Botanical Garden and turned into compost that’s used in city parks and given to residents. Other scraps will be hauled to waste-to-energy plants like at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Food waste and sewage sludge decompose inside of eight stainless steel “digester eggs” that are 145 feet tall and illuminated with blue light at night — you may have seen these near the Kosciuszko Bridge. The scraps will ultimately be converted into fertilizer and natural gas to power thousands of homes.
College Point’s volunteer-run drop off site is one of 200 across the five boroughs. If you live nearby (CP, Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside) give it a try. Our ultimate goal is to get curbside organics collection returned to Northeast Queens. It was discontinued after the Covid pandemic due to budget cuts. Community residents must now sign up and show that there’s a great demand. You will be able to sign-up online for curbside collection or do it with us on Thursdays. FAQs:
Special thanks to our partners at: the NYC Compost Project at Queens Botanical Garden, who helped launch our FSDO; GrowNYC, for hauling our scraps and bringing us empty bins each week; Big Reuse, for offering curbside composting education at our FSDO; the Poppenhusen branch of the Queens Public Library, for allowing us to store our bins in their yard throughout the week; the NYC Parks Department, for weekly use of College Point Park; and all who have helped to publicize.