NYC Mayor Completes Rollout of Composting in All Public Schools


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New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks, and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica Tisch have announced that the Adams administration has completed its expansion of composting to every single New York City public school, three months ahead of schedule. That means that all New York City public schools are now composting their food waste — putting their orange peels, uneaten pizza crusts, compostable food trays, and more to beneficial use for the city and the planet, helping gardens grow, and creating power through renewable energy here in the New York City area.

“Composting is a win-win-win — it keeps waste out of landfills, greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, and rats out of our communities,” said Mayor Adams. “We’re proud to bring our nation-leading composting program to all of our city’s public schools ahead of schedule, and we’re excited for the cleaner, greener buildings and sidewalks that this initiative will create. Today’s announcement is a major step towards our rollout of free, easy weekly curbside composting to every New Yorker, on every block, in every borough by the end of this year.” 

“I am grateful for the collaboration between the Department of Sanitation and Department of Education to deliver for New York’s school kids — this is what New Yorkers expect and how it should work,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “The best learning happens when we connect what’s in the classroom and the real world. This program not only pays dividends for the environment but for our kids as well, who are the climate crisis natives who will have to be smarter on the environment than any generation prior.”

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