Transitions at MacDonald Park
Food Scrap Drop Off Site

The City is re-starting its collection of food scraps for composting in a number of locations.  GrowNYC has informed us they plan to set up a food scrap drop off (FSDO) location on Sundays at the green market, probably on the corner near Austin Street.  The date has not yet been set.  We will continue collecting food scraps at the usual location from 9:30 AM - 1 PM until GrowNYC starts their service, which may begin at an earlier time.  After their service is securely underway, we anticipate continuing but from 11 AM - 1 PM, and we'll reassess after a few weeks.

The city service was put on hold during the pandemic, and we started doing our own volunteer-run FSDO in collaboration with Queens Botanical Garden and with Big Reuse in May.  We welcome the City restarting the program.  We are still seeking volunteers to help receive the food scraps.  Sign up at our event schedule to let us know if you can join us.

 

Here are some links about the work of NYC Compost Project and GrowNYC.


Albany Climate Rally Planned for Tues. January 25

FHGT is working with a statewide coalition of environmental groups that is organizing a rally at the NY State Capitol in support of 11 environmental and climate related bills. We will be organizing a bus to take people up and back on that date.  Watch here for details, and contact fhgtinc@gmail.com.


 

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FHGT Holds Successful August Event Series

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We held a series of events in August to raise environmental awareness in Forest Hills.  On Saturday, August 21, we sponsored both a Street Tree Care Workshop taught by NYC Parks Department staff and a Progressive Potluck Picnic in Forest Park for environmentalists and activists, with former and current Council candidates Aleda Gagarin and Felicia Singh.

On Sunday, August 29, we hosted Democracy NYC at our weekly food waste collection, doing field outreach about voter registration and how to advocate for climate-friendly city policies. 

Later that day we also held our main gardening day at the Yellowstone Boulevard / LIRR Overpass garden. 
We adopted and transplanted a full car load of plants from the Stuyvesant Cove on the lower east side of Manhattan, which will be renovated next year for stormwater resilience and flood control measures.  We also accepted a large donation of compost from Queens Botanical Garden to improve the soil quality at the site.  Check out our Facebook page for pictures...or better still, visit this volunteer-run landscaping project on Yellowstone Blvd. near Austin Street and the 112th Precinct police station.


"Forest Hills Green Team works for a more sustainable neighborhood," Sept. 1, 2021, Queens Ledger

Ask NYC to Expand Curbside Composting






The NYC Department of Sanitation is also working to bring Curbside Composting to NYC neighborhoods, starting this fall, on a rolling basis. Sign up to request this service for your individual home or your apartment building at nyc.gov/curbsidecomposting or by calling 311.  When a minimum number of sign ups for homes and buildings has been reached, Sanitation will bring the service to that neighborhood.  If a neighborhood has not yet had enough sign-ups, it will be placed on a wait list until more of its residents have signed up. The more people in Forest Hills sign up, the sooner Sanitation will start offering curbside organic waste pick up here.

Click here to sign up or call 311.   
Read
more here.

 

Brown Bin Apartment Sign Up Guide
 

Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board shares the Brown Bin Apartment Sign Up Guide, which was made to help renters advocate to get the Brown Bin service in their building. It includes resources, steps to take, sample communications to talk to neighbors, and FAQs. Here are the social media graphics and content to post for Instagram and Facebook. 

 

Please feel free to share on social media accounts to get the word out.  This guide was created by Sarah Nylund, @consciousconsumerista, in partnership with the Brooklyn SWAB, @brooklyn_swab and Belinda Chiu, @ahealthyblueprint