New York stopped picking up curbside compost this week and asked residents to instead discard their food scraps and yard waste with their trash. The city cited budget cuts related to the pandemic, but many environmentalists said the decision was shortsighted and urged the city to maintain the composting program. Their bottom line: The city shouldn’t reverse progress on the larger, longer-term crisis of climate change. Composting at home helps the climate because it prevents food scraps from going to landfills where they release greenhouse gases.
By Hiroko Tabuchi. The New York Times, Climate Fwd:. May 7. 2020.