On Saturday, April 28, the Rockaway Civic Association hosted a free compost giveaway during which approximately 480 bags (seven tons) of nutrient-rich soil additive were given away within a three-hour period. For those in Rockaway who are now taking part in the weekly food waste pick-ups conducted by the NYC Department of Sanitation, the event was a unique opportunity to reuse the products of the food composting process. The 30-pound bags distributed at the event were the end-product of the weekly collection of organic matter, which is expanding rapidly throughout the five boroughs.
The process starts with organic matter collected by the Sanitation Department, which is then transferred to storage sites where the natural process of bacterial decomposition transforms food scraps into compost over an extended period of time. The compost can then be used to help fertilize new plant beds and gardens where the nutrients are turned back into plants, fruits and vegetables through the miracle of nature.
On hand at the giveaway were representatives of the Department of Sanitation and the environmental non-profit organization, Big Reuse, who helped explain the composting program and distributed informational flyers about the process.
Also assisting during the event, were student volunteers from various Rockaway schools who helped give out compost bags and to ensure an orderly flow of vehicles through the site located at Shorefront Parkway and Beach 106th Street. The student volunteers literally moved tons of material!
The Rockaway Civic Association will be holding a Boardwalk Bake Sale on Saturday, May 12 and a Beach Clean-Up on Saturday, May 19 prior to the commencement of the summer season. Also coming up shortly is the annual Beach Flix series of movies on the beach. More detailed information on events and membership can be found at the organization’s website: www.rockawaycivic.com
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