Queens Public Library to host community composting discussion, in-person and online, addressing funding challenges and environmental impact

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The Queens Public Library will be holding a discussion related to community composting in New York City at its Jamaica location at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the variety of nonprofits that make up the NYC Compost Project. This includes what each of the nonprofits do and how they work together to benefit local communities.

The primary focus of the discussion will center on finding solutions to address funding challenges that have arisen following the discontinuation of city funding for community composting programs. As a result of this defunding, many food scrap drop-offs and composting sites have since closed.

Further discussion points will cover the connections between environmental justice and the pivotal role of community composting in shaping a greener and more resilient future. The City of New York Department of Sanitation’s curbside organics brown bins and orange Smart Bins will also be discussed, as they relate to composting in general.

For Queens residents who are unable to attend this teach-in, there will be another discussion over Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Those interested in joining the Zoom session can register here.

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