Turn your food into plant food with BIG!NYC’s composting program, now in Brooklyn

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Mulch is magic. (via Facebook)

We’ve stressed the importance of composting (and the ease with which you can do it) before, and now, even our compatriots up in North Brooklyn can turn their trash into mulch. Build It Green!NYC, a non-profit that launches a number of environmental initiatives all over the city, is adding a new spot for their Commuter Composting food scrap drop-off program this month, and it’s located right off the G train at Greenpoint Ave in Greepoint.

The new drop-off spot, located at the Garden Food Market at 921 Manhattan Ave, will be open on Mondays from 8:30am to 10:30am. The program, BIG!Compost, accepts compostable scraps, like coffee grounds, nuts, seaweed, fruits, vegetables and newspaper —leave the dollar pizza and old tacos at home, please! — and ask that you chop up organic materials to make the mulching process move faster. “Our goal is to make composting as easy as possible for residents,” BIG!Compost spokeswoman Gina Baldwin said in a statement. “By setting up food scrap drop-offs in locations where residents are walking past every day on the way to work, we hope to engage New Yorkers who may not be aware of how easy and fun it is to divert food waste from the landfill.”

If you don’t live in Greenpoint, BIG!Compost has a drop-off spot in Gowanus on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am. to 6:00pm, and a number of locations in Queens; see their website for a full schedule and list of acceptable compost materials.

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