LES Ecology Center Composting Returns
Despite the lockdown, the LES Ecology Center remains the only community connection for composting in Manhattan (south of 100th Street). Over 150 drop off locations have suspended operations in the wake of COVID-19, but the East River Park Compost Yard and E 7th St Community Garden are now accepting food scrap drop-offs during the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the Department of Sanitation’s curbside composting program will stay suspended for the fiscal year.
In other news, the LES Ecology Center has seen a significant increase in park attendance since March, and with it, more trash. As such, they are on the hunt for volunteers to keep everything in order. More info on volunteering opportunities and composting hours can be found here.
The proverbial elephant still stands tall in this coastline, though. That of the imminent burying of East River Park in the name of coastal resiliency. Part of the overall plan was to replace this compost yard with temporary playing fields during the construction period. As with all initiatives during pandemic times, this could change drastically if and when implemented.