This September, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is expanding the Organics Collection Program (OCP) to include an additional 92 DOE buildings that house 130 district and charter schools, including our school - P.S. 376Q. We will start the Organics Collection Program on Monday, October 21st and join over 850 schools receiving organics collection, getting NYC closer to the goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030 (0X30) as set forth in One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.
Students and staff in schools create a lot of waste... every school day. Up to 51% of that waste is compostable! When organics, such as food scraps and food-soiled paper (napkins and lunch plates), are separated from other materials, schools can significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to faraway landfills. Instead, organics are taken to local facilities where they are turned into compost, a nutrient rich soil amendment. Organics Collection reduces greenhouse gas emissions from trucking waste to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from organics decomposing in landfills. The compost created from the food scraps is put to good use in community gardens, parks, school gardens and around street trees.
In partnership with DSNY and the DOE Office of Sustainability, P.S. 376Q will receive on-the-ground educational and operation support for the 2019-2020 school year from GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program (RCP). Our GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions outreach coordinator will provide training, activities and lessons relating to waste, sustainability and environmental action.
While this change is daily routine will take some getting used to, we know our students and staff are up to the challenge! Together with the other 850 schools receiving organics collection, our efforts will make New York City and the world a more sustainable place to live!