Learn about com­post­ing

Metro USA (New York) - - Television -

Don’t toss your spoiled toma­toes and wilt­ing plants into your main trash bin. Sep­a­rate it for com­post­ing — the city has an easy easy on­line guide — to turn your de­com­pos­ing or­ganic mat­ter into healthy, use­ful soil. You can join a com­mu­nity com­post­ing project, or if you don’t have a gar­den, find drop-off sites to do­nate your food waste to com­post pro­grams. Hav­ing a bin specif­i­cally for food waste makes this easy, says Louise Bruce, se­nior man­ager for the san­i­ta­tion de­part­ment’s NYC Or­gan­ics pro­gram. But the best tool is pre­ven­tion: Be­fore you con­sider throw­ing any­thing away, check if the food is still ed­i­ble, sal­vage­able or do­nat­able. And hav­ing a sep­a­rate food bin also lets you mea­sure how much food waste you gen­er­ate, fig­ure out if you’re over­buy­ing some­thing and then change your shop­ping habits.

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