Restaurants Reducing Food Waste in NYC

Friday, April 26, 2013

More than 100 restaurants will participate in the first-ever Food Waste Challenge, a new City program to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills and the greenhouse gases that waste produces. Elizabeth Balkan, senior policy advisor for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability tells us about the program, participants, and the city's goals of reducing waste.



Elizabeth Balkan

Comments [7]

Jessie Henshaw

The weird thing about being a "green city" is how OUR MATH IS SO TERRIBLE!!

That assessment overlooks that what cities do is consume their countrysides, and so in economic terms "outsource" all their environmental impacts... giving economists and pop culturalists the option, TO JUST NOT NOTICE WE REALLY SHOULD ALSO COUNT THE IMPACTS WE BUY AS WELL AS THE ONES WE SEE!!!

Apr. 26 2013 01:35 PM

I compost my food every week at the Farmers' Market near my apartment--during the week, I keep food scraps in my freezer. I think it is important to make it easier for residents to compost, either by picking up compost or by offering more drop-off locations.

Apr. 26 2013 01:29 PM
Rohana from Brooklyn

How do we get our public school signed up for the program to deal with food waste? That sounds great!

Apr. 26 2013 01:28 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Is this initiative related to City Harvest in any way?

Apr. 26 2013 01:25 PM

I'd like to commend Patrick and Michael O'Neal, who ran a number of great restaurants humanely (Ginger Man, O'Neal's, O'Neal's Baloon, etc.). I worked for Michael for 7 years.

Apr. 26 2013 12:53 PM

Am re-reading Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris and London." It is even MORE delicious than when I read it in college.

Orwell's a spectacular writer and thinker, and this is like a procedural on poverty. And its vision of what goes on in the bowels of those fancy restaurants in Paris in the 30s!

Anyone interested in this subject owes it to themselves to read it.

Apr. 26 2013 12:50 PM
Matt from The Sunny Side of the Street

Thousands of oyster and other seafood shells are thrown away to be put into landfills. Oysters need the minerals from those shucked shells to grow. Mussels, clams, and oysters are important to help filter the waters of coast. Are there any programs out there to help the growth of these wonderful bivalves to clean our waterways by recycling the shucked shells?

Apr. 26 2013 12:07 PM

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