New York City Mayor Enlists His Family to Promote Food Composting

Bill de Blasio, at right, stands with his family outside their Brooklyn home shortly after being sworn in as New York City mayor on Jan. 1, 2014. Bill de Blasio, at right, stands with his family outside their Brooklyn home shortly after being sworn in as New York City mayor on Jan. 1, 2014. NYC Mayor's Office

During his New York City mayoral campaign last year, Bill de Blasio put his family front and center along with his modest-looking Brooklyn home. Now that he’s mayor, de Blasio’s family and that home continue to play a big role in communicating with the residents of the nation’s largest city.

And that includes promoting food composting as a way to reduce pressure on landfills.

In a new video released by City Hall this week, the de Blasio family, sitting around their kitchen table, demonstrates how New York City’s Brown Bin organics collection program works.

“Recycling food and yard waste is a lot easier than people think,” daughter Chiara de Blasio says in the video. The Brown Bin program involves curbside composting pick up and food waste drop-off points around the city.

Michael Bloomberg’s mayoral administration launched the Brown Bin program as a pilot demonstration project in 2012 and this year, it’s expanding to more areas of the city.

The composted table scraps are being used to produce natural gas at a sewage-treatment plant, which will in turn be used to heat homes and businesses.

Bloomberg News reported in June:

The city will donate the methane to National Grid, which will pay for refining and distribution. If the market price of the gas ever exceeds National Grid’s cost to process and deliver it, the company will compensate the city for the methane it uses. . .

In June, the mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, announced that her family would move from their home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood to Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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