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Sanitation Department Adds 200 ‘Smart Bins’ in NYC’s Latest Composting Expansion

Compost drop-off bins that residents can access 24/7 have arrived in dozens of New York City neighborhoods this year, in the city’s latest effort to expand organic waste collection. The majority of the new bins are located across upper Manhattan, The Bronx and Brooklyn, and will serve as a complement to the city’s curbside composting program, which is available in certain community districts.

Organic waste collection has become a growing priority as the city seeks to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, though its composting efforts have been rolled out in fits and starts over the last decade.

“For me, I never composted before, and it pushed me to do it,” said one Astoria resident who uses the new bins. “So I wonder if it’s done the same for other people.”

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