Food waste drop-off points are now set up every Wednesday and Saturday, from 9 AM to 12 PM, at high-footfall locations on the grounds of Brownsville Houses, Brooklyn, NY. In addition to dropping off food waste, residents wishing to newly join the food waste composting scheme can also sign up.
Once the collections are complete, teams from project partner Green City Force will bring the food waste from Brownsville Houses residents to the EcoRich’s ER-500 composter, our 500 pounds-per-day aerobic digester, which will transform it into a nutrient-rich soil-amendment in just 24 hours.
The Zero Waste Challenge was developed through a collaboration among NYC government agencies, academic institutions, and with anchor partner the Brownsville Community Justice Center to ensure that technology-enabled civic innovations are responsive to community needs.
About NYCx Co-Labs: Led by the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the NYCx Co-Labs are a neighborhood-based partnership to co-design with the government a set of challenges and make neighborhood spaces available for testing new technologies aiming to address the neighborhood’s most pressing needs.
About Green City Force: An AmeriCorps program that engages young adults from low income communities in national service related to the environment in a way that prepares them for sustainable careers in the green economy, since their founding in 2009, Green City Force has engaged 18 to 24-year-old residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in their programming. Green City Force is online at www.greencityforce.org.
About EcoRich: EcoRich provides solutions for organic waste recycling using cutting-edge technology. EcoRich is the U.S. affiliate of Pune, India based Urban Solutions, founded with the mission to enable all urban dwellers to live in sync with mother nature, giving back what we take from the earth. Urban Solutions has installed 225 composters in 6 countries, the largest of which process two tons of food waste daily.
Want to know more about the project and the partnership? Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/about/press/pr-2018/pr-20180423.page
In the meantime, anyone wanting to know more EcoRich composters are encouraged to contact our sustainability advisor Charles Nouhan at firstname.lastname@example.org.