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Green Tip of the Month: Composting


What it is
Compost is a nutrient-rich soil supplement created through controlled decomposition of once-living plant materials. Microorganisms and physical decomposers like nematodes, centipedes and earthworms digest the plant materials and leave behind humus, the organic component of soil. All of this happens in a special self-contained, odor-free unit. When managed correctly, the pile smells like dirt and does not attract pests. 


What goes in
Both Rockefeller and the NYC Department of Sanitation facilitate composting. Acceptable materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, pruned foliage, dry leaves and twigs, shredded paper, nut shells and food-soiled paper products. Egg shells are the only acceptable animal products. When collecting food scraps at home between drop-offs to the composting bin, store them in the freezer to prevent fruit fly infestations. 


How it is used
Composting keeps organic matter out of landfills and reclaims vital nutrients to nourish plants. Adding compost to soil keeps it aerated, well-drained, and bound together to prevent erosion. Compost from Rockefeller benefits the Child and Family Center garden and is also shared among participants for use at home. Community gardens, parks and schools benefit from NYC’s program.

Did You Know?


The average NYC household throws out over two pounds of food waste per day.