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May 10

Compost Awareness Week!

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:20 AM by Regina Connelly

It’s New York State Compost Awareness Week!

Governor Cuomo has declared the week of May 6-12 as NYS Compost Awareness Week.  So what is the big deal with composting?

According to Basil Seggos, Commissioner of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) “Increasing composting offers a unique opportunity to reduce our dependence on landfills and protect the planet from harmful methane emissions, while simultaneously harnessing the beneficial properties of these organics.”

Let’s break it down…

  • Organic material makes up approximately 30 percent of municipal waste.
  • DEC estimates more than 3 million tons of food scraps are disposed of each year.
  • Organics disposed of in landfills create the greenhouse gas methane which can be harmful to the atmosphere if not properly controlled.
  • Today more than 700,000 tons of organic material is processed in compost facilities each year, including yard waste.


The benefits of recycling organic materials by composting, anaerobic digestion, land application, and other organics recycling technologies include, reducing greenhouse gases, enriching soil, creating energy, and generating green jobs.


For additional information about composting visit DEC's organics recycling webpage. And to read the press release about NYS Compost Awareness Week please visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html