* BIG!NYC's reuse centers are on their way to divert 4,000,000 pounds of usable building materials from the landfill in 2013.
* Our diversion rate reduces climate change emission by 3,200 MTCOE, which is like saving 360,000 gallons of gas.
* BIG!Compost has diverted 267,230 pounds of food scraps and given away 159,240 pounds of compost and 49,620 pounds of mulch so far this year.
* BIG!Blooms has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens in NYC.
* BIG!Gives Back has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.
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What to Compost
Please DO bring us:
- fruit scraps (please freeze these for one day before drop off)
- vegetable scraps
- coffee grounds
- tea bags
- dry grains
- fresh leaves and green plants prunings and hedge trimmings
- grass clippings
- flower bouquets
- horse manure
- guinea pig or hamster droppings
- brewery waste (hops and wet grains)
- dry leaves
- dead plants
- dried flowers
- corn cobs
- straw and hay
- chips and sawdust
- food-soiled paper towels and napkins
- shredded paper
- corrugated cardboard
- old potting soil
- egg shells (but NO eggs)
Please DO NOT bring us:
- meat and fish scraps
- dairy products
- fats, oils, and grease
- dog and cat waste
- invasive weeds
- weeds with seeds
- diseased plants
- non-organic materials (plastic, metal, glass, etc.)
A few requests & tips for drop-off participants:
- Please DO NOT leave your waste at a drop-off site if no one is there. We can only accept compost during specified hours.
- Please roughly chop organic materials. The smaller the particle size, the more surface area there is — making more room for microorganisms to munch. This will help speed up the decomposition process.
- Worried about where to keep your scraps in your home? Put them in the freezer! A great tip is to store food scraps in yogurt containers in the freezer. This method will kill fruit fly eggs on fruit peels and keep your kitchen clean and organized. (You do not need to thaw the scraps before you bring them to us.)
- If freezing is not an option, put shredded newspapers or uncooked oatmeal in the container where you store your scraps. This will help absorb odors and liquids that may accumulate in the container.
- Containers: Use whatever container works best for you! Reusable plastic or metal containers, such as small buckets and yogurt containers are highly recommended. We also love getting food scraps in paper bags. The bag is a “brown,” carbon-rich material, which (when shredded) is a great complement to your food scraps, which are usually nitrogen-rich “greens.
Thank you kindly for your help!