STATEN ISLAND NY –– The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) opens the International Compost Awareness Week with the presentation of a large compost packing machine.

The Hamer Fischbein 2090 in the DSNY Staten Island composting facility in Fresh Kills packs up to 600 pallets of compost per week with a total of 1.9 million bags per year.

The compost is made from garden waste and leftover food, which is collected at 125 collection points in the city.

“Everyone who feeds this facility is doing the right thing and the fact that Staten Island will be the best place to compost in New York City is very exciting,” said DSNY Commissioner Edward Grayson.

DSNY Commissioner Edward Grayson cuts a tape on the new compost packer at the DSNY Staten Island Composting Facility in Fresh Kills. May 4, 2021. (Staten Island Advance / Alexandra Salmieri)

After the materials are ordered, processed, and packaged, the high-quality compost is given to city authorities such as the New York City Parks Department and other local community gardens.

The material is also being sold to landscapers and farmers to support DSNY’s role in New York City’s zero-waste goals.

A team of DSNY employees combine organic and vegetable material to ensure that the soil is nutrient-rich and ready for use.

“It has everything you need to really grow into the next round, which will feed it back. It’s literally the cycle of life,” Grayson said.

DSNY composting machine

The Hamer Fischbein 2090, a new compost packing machine, is located at the DSNY Staten Island composting facility in Fresh Kills. May 4, 2021. (Staten Island Advance / Alexandra Salmieri)

Commissioner Grayson stressed the importance of household collection of organic matter to fuel the composting center on Staten Island.

“The Fresh Kills website is special,” he added.

“The fact that we can do something here that gives back and provides the most nutritious compost is really something special.”

Food waste collection points currently open on Staten Island include:

  • Staten Island City Center; 208 Bay St .; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • St. George GrowNYC Greenmarket; St. Marks Place and Hyatt St .; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • HEALTH for Youth Skyline Community Garden; 1 Clyde Place; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Snug Harbor Botanical Garden & Cultural Center; 1000 Richmond Terrace; Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
  • Olivet Heavenly Harvest, 97 Myrtle Ave., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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