Number Of Projects Researched: 4 Locally Organized Projects: 2 North Brooklyn Compost Project in McCarren Park -serving 130 members each week -on site drop off Fort Greene Community Gardens -1,000 lbs of compost each week -farmers market drop off Park Operated Projects: 2 Central Park Conservancy -composting park waste -Battery Park City Benefits to small scale composting: -Community building -The benefits of composting go right back into the community that generates the waste, a closed loop cycle -Smaller scale composting projects rely on less fossil fuels for transport and turning of compost -takes up much less space -able to function on limited budget Drawbacks to small scale composting: -Usually volunteer run, hard to generate money in order to employ a staff -only able to serve small numbers of people or a specific locale -Requires community interest and collective action -Harder to regulate -Potential contention among neighbors due to smell, vermin etc.
Neilson, Sarah. Revaluing Waste in New York City: Planning for Small Scale Compost. 1999. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masters in City Planning Dissertation.