FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2019
City of Kingston Composting Survey Now Open
KINGSTON, NY -- The City of Kingston is undertaking a feasibility study for diverting food waste produced at municipal buildings, facilities, small businesses and residences by creating compost collecting options. The study will explore how removing food scraps and food waste from the waste stream could potentially keep municipal costs down while providing a beneficial service to the City’s residents and businesses. Reducing food waste sent to landfills can save hundreds of thousands of dollars, and decreasing the number of dump truck trips to landfills reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A city-wide survey will help determine if the financial benefits from implementing a public composting program would exceed the start-up and operating costs, and if so, the City will seek to move forward. Undertaking this work puts Kingston at the forefront of innovative efforts that save municipalities money while helping the environment.
The Composting Survey will gauge the current levels of food waste diversion already in practice and will measure the interest and willingness of the community to implement city-scale food waste composting. The City currently collects yard waste, diverting it from landfills.
The Composting Survey is online at Survey Monkey. Residents and businesses, whether currently composting or not, are encouraged to complete the survey. The online survey will be open until June 15, 2019 and paper copies are available to complete the survey in person. To take the survey in person, contact Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator, at 467 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401, 845-481-7339 or [email protected]. Survey participants will be entered to win a free backyard composter. Questions about the survey can be sent to [email protected].
This survey is one piece of a two-year study evaluating the use of many composting methods and the feasibility. Once the study is complete, the Kingston Organics Diversion Plan will propose a methodology for rolling out food waste diversion.
The Kingston Organics Diversion Plan project is funded by the NYS DEC, and involves multiple partners including the City of Kingston Office of Sustainability; Kingston's Conservation Advisory Council, the Climate Smart Kingston Commission, UCRRA, the Ulster County Department of the Environment, and the Hudson Valley Regional Council.