The Bronx is getting greener, thanks to the opening of nonprofit GrowNYC’s seasonal Bronx Borough Hall and Parkchester Greenmarkets, bringing more than just fresh, locally grown produce to the area. Every week shoppers at these farmers markets can recycle clothing and other textiles, and drop off kitchen scraps to be composted Bronx Borough Hall began accepting food scraps last year, in partnership with the NYC Department of Sanitation. Residents dropped 3,500 pounds of vegetable scraps, stale bread and coffee grounds, which were later transformed into compost for local farming and gardening projects. 1,290 pounds of clothing and textiles were also collected for recycling or reuse. Tax-deductible donations come in the form of clothing, shoes, bedding and towels. These recycling programs will be a new addition to the Parkchester market this year.
GrowNYC has collected more than 2.5 million pounds of textiles and 2.7 million pounds of food scraps at dozens of Greenmarket collection sites throughout the five boroughs. Together, food scraps and textiles comprise 23% of NYC’s waste, making efforts like these critical to reducing the big apple’s environmental footprint.
Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket takes place Tuesdays June 3 – November 25 at 161st Grand Concourse; food scraps and textiles are collected from 8am-2pm.
Parkchester Greenmarket runs on Fridays from June 13 – November 21 at Westchester Ave & White Plains Rd; food scraps and textiles are accepted from 8am-3pm.
For more information, visit
www.grownyc.org or call 212-788-7964.