The city’s Department of Sanitation is delaying plans to expand curbside collections of compostable kitchen and yard waste beyond the program’s current footprint.
But DSNY officials say neighborhoods that already place their waste in brown bins for recycling will continue receiving the service while the city looks to adjust some aspects of the program.
“We believe that for the program to be successful over the long term, we must ensure New Yorkers are getting the very best service when curbside organics collection reaches their neighborhoods,” the DSNY said in a statement to the Chronicle. “To achieve this, the City is evaluating its current service with the goal of increasing efficiencies and streamlining the program and has temporarily placed the schedule for expanding the curbside organics program on hold.”
The agency expects to have a modified expansion schedule in the coming months.
The DSNY said it is expanding its outreach effort in communities that are slated to join the program soon after it restarts.
The city also will continue to support food scrap drop-off programs across the city, nearly two dozen of which can be found in Queens at nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page/nyc-food-scrap-drop-off-locations.
City and environmental officials say a robust organic compost collection program can remove about one-third of the volume of the city’s existing waste stream.
Community District 13 in Eastern Queens began collections in April, with neighboring Community District 12 set to join the program in the coming weeks.
Speaking at a meeting of Community Board 12 back on June 20, Andrew Hoyles, senior manager of organic outreach at the DSNY, said 13 would be the last in Queens until a new schedule is in place.
“The city wants to make sure that as it expands, we are providing the best service,” Hoyles said.
CB 12’s area includes the neighborhoods of Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village and South Jamaica.
The small brown curbside recycling bins also are already in service in Districts 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 14.
Other Queens communities still awaiting inclusion include District 1 (Astoria, Old Astoria, Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ditmars, Ravenswood, Steinway, Garden Bay and Woodside); District 3 (Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona); District 4 (Corona, Corona Heights, Elmhurst and Newtown); and District 6 (Forest Hills and Rego Park).
Speaking to the Chronicle on Friday, Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), who represents parts of District 12, said he was not overly concerned by the delayed implementation. Miller also attended the June 20 community baord meeting.
“It’s my understanding that they just need to work out the kinks,” Miller said. “You want to do this right.”