August 5, 2014
July 2014 Forum Recap – In-Home Composting
by Vikki Syrov
On July 16th, compost novices and experts alike gathered at the Hafele America showroom for a workshop on in-home composting led by Celeste McMickle, a Master Composter certified by the NYC Compost Project. The GreenHomeNYC audience had the chance to learn key strategies on making the most out of their food and yard waste and best practices for putting the nutritious end-products to use.
In New York City, where organics make up nearly a third of the city’s residential and institutional waste stream, there is a multitude of ways to divert these materials from landfills. A NYC Organics Collection pilot program launched by the Department of Sanitation in 2012 provides curbside pickup for select neighborhoods in the outer boroughs. However, for those not living in the pilot zones, plenty of options exist such as multiple drop-off locations at local Greenmarkets and collection sites at neighborhood community gardens. Seasonal events like mulch fests and collection sites at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Lower East Side Ecology Center provide year-round opportunities to put yard and food wastes to good use. For a full list of food scrap drop-off sites and acceptable materials, visit the Bureau of Waste Prevention’s web site.
July 28, 2014
GreenHomeNYC’s Summer Sustainable Businesses Tour included a visit of three environmentally-responsible venues in Brooklyn:
Our first stop was Build It Green!NYC (BIG) – New York City’s non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials and other household items, including refrigerators, doors, appliances, and even books! The tour of BIG NYC was lead by Harvey Jaswal, who provided a thorough outlook on the history of the venue, an overview of the store’s storage spaces and items available for purchase. Harvey also discussed the process by which businesses, home owners and developers can donate materials and appliances to BIG during building renovations. These materials can then be purchased by people looking for rare and vintage materials for thier own renovations. Architects and designers are oftentimes able to find unique items for a great price here!
From Build It Green, we headed over to our next stop – Lower East Side Ecology Center E-Waste Recycling Center to explore a warehouse that allows residents to dispose of old or broken electronics in an environmentally-responsible way. (more…)