Upon estimates that more than 3 million tons of food scraps are disposed in landfills or managed combustors each year, New York State Compost Awareness Week is through Saturday.
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the campaign to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling food scraps, grass, leaves, yard clippings, and other organic materials through composting.
It's a means of reducing New York's dependence on landfills and combustors and helps to lower climate-altering emissions while producing valuable, nutrient-rich compost that improves soil health and water quality, Seggos said.
"I encourage all New Yorkers to consider composting, either at home or by separating organics for collection and transport to a composting facility, to help protect our resources and lessen the impacts of climate change," the commissioner said.
Statewide, more than 700,000 tons of organic material each year are processed in compost facilities.
On the other hand, organic materials make up about 30 percent of municipal waste.