Food waste is not trash: Food scraps are one of the largest components of trash sent to landfills and incinerators, however, food scraps are not trash. They are a resource that can be turned into useful compost. Recycling food scraps into compost captures their nutrients and energy and returns them to the environment.
Reduces trash and incinerator pollution: The FSR program will reduce the amount of trash the Village sends to the Peekskill incineration facility. Food scraps consist largely of water, which does not burn well, so removing them from the regular waste stream will allow the Peekskill incinerator to burn more efficiently—saving energy, reducing pollution and costs.
Creates food waste awareness: As residents begin to separate their food waste from the rest of their garbage, they become more aware of how much food they toss, often prompting them to buy less or change their usage habits. Ultimately, this can lead to less waste and potentially less waste management expenses.
Provides a cost neutral solution: Westchester County is now subsidizing the cost of hauling which makes the FSR program “cost neutral” for Bronxville, meaning that what the Village pays to have food scraps trucked to the Peekskill incinerator as regular trash equals the cost of transporting them to a commercial composter instead. The Village covers some additional minor costs associated with purchasing bins and signage.