The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is expanding its curbside organics collection service to include parts of Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn this fall.
This month, residents of Community Board 7 (Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Flushing, Linden Hill, Malba, Queensboro Hill, Whitestone, Willets Point) and Community Board 8 (Briarwood, Flushing South, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Utopia) should expect to receive their brown bins.
DSNY will begin collecting organics once per week for CB7 on Recycling Day and twice per week for CB8 on Trash Day, starting the week of October 2.
Residents are asked to leave their food scraps and yard waste inside the brown bins for recycling. Organics also includes soiled papers like towels and napkins.
The collected material is taken to regional facilities, where it’s turned into compost. It’s then taken to greening groups, urban farmers, community gardens and street tree stewards.