Bloomberg Law
Nov. 27, 2020, 11:01 AM

Food Waste Site Shutdowns in New York Risk Higher Methane Levels

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

Two of New York City’s biggest community composters say the city isn’t letting them stay in the locations they’ve called home for years, raising the prospect of rising methane emissions throughout the city.

Together, composting sites run by nonprofit groups Big Reuse and the Lower East Side Ecology Center, or LESEC, process more than 2 million pounds of food waste each year that would otherwise be trucked to landfills, where they release methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. The groups said the two sites process at least half of New York ...

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