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Scarsdale Residents Recycle 67,000 Pounds Of Scrap Food In Six Months

Members of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Food Scrap Recycling announcing the program in Scarsdale.
Members of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Food Scrap Recycling announcing the program in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Nearly 70,000 pounds of food have been collected in just six months during the Scarsdale Food Scrap Recycling Program that was introduced to the community earlier this year.

Since the program started in January, 67,000 pounds of food scraps have been recycled by more than 750 Scarsdale households, with an estimated two tons being recycled weekly.

The Scarsdale Food Scrap Recycling Program is the first municipal initiative of its kind in Westchester County.

Residents interested in participating in the recycling program can purchase a “starter kit” from the Scarsdale Recycling Center Office on Secor Road. Accepted items include all food waste, coffee grounds, tea bags, napkins and leftover food. Those items can be brought to the Scarsdale Recycling Center, where it will then be picked up and brought to an off-site composting facility and turned into useful compost.

According to officials, “because of this program and other local initiatives, the Village of Scarsdale is becoming recognized as a relational environmental leader. Together, we can continue to be a model for other Westchester communities to emulate, thereby amplifying the positive impacts of our individuals and collective choices to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

After purchasing a starter kit, residents can drop off their scraps between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday through Saturday at the Scarsdale Recycling Center. Anyone with questions can contact the Public Works Department by calling (914) 722-1150 or emailing composting@scarsdale.com.

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