New York City Trying to Help Households Turn Waste Into Compost

For the first week or so, the brown bins hunkered on the streets like alien capsules that had fallen to Earth: gingerly stepped around, uneasily eyed, tenaciously ignored. 

One was pressed into service as a wastebasket for empty liquor bottles. Another was unceremoniously tossed in a street-corner trash can.

But many sat untouched outside the front steps of houses all over Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, as though their new owners hoped that if they refused to acknowledge the bins, they might simply disappear.

So began the latest phase of a plan to convert the people of New York City into composters, collecting food scraps like vegetable peels, chicken bones and even greasy pizza boxes and saving the pungent blend for days at a time to be someday converted into renewable energy. A voluntary city pilot program has already taken root in neighborhoods like Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, which has eagerly embraced it, and Westerleigh, Staten Island, which was not quite as enthusiastic.

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