The Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont will host a celebration on September 22 to mark the one-year anniversary of the award winning Food Waste Recycling and Composting program. Festivities will begin at 10am at the Down to Earth Farmer’s Market located in the parking lot of the Larchmont MetroNorth train station by the corner of Chatsworth Avenue and Myrtle Boulevard.
According to recyclenow.com,“Food waste that is sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown. It has a big impact on the environment as it rots and releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. ”
Residents are invited to enjoy music, games and activities for all ages along with a special give-away. Food Waste recycling starter kits, including a kitchen countertop pail and a larger storage/transporter bin along with compostible bags will be available for purchase at the celebration.
The voluntary Food Waste Recycling program, launched on September 18, 2017, has diverted an estimated to 50 tons of food scraps from the waste cycle this past year. The initiative earned the Westchester County Eco Award, which was presented by County Executive George Latimer on June 19, 2018.
Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson and Larchmont Mayor Lorraine Walsh will attend the celebration. Says Ms. Seligson, “The achievement we will be celebrating was made possible thanks to a huge effort by volunteers of the Town of Mamaroneck Sustainability Collaborative and the Larchmont Environmental Committee who have worked tirelessly with staff and community leaders to make this program a model of successful collaboration.”
Major Walsh notes, “We appreciate that Down to Earth Markets has been enthusiastically supportive of this program from the start. Also the Larchmont Mamaroneck Joint Sanitation team places food waste collection cans at the Market on Saturdays, which has proven to be a convenient drop-off location in addition to the Maxwell Avenue Recycling facility.”
For additional information on environmental initiatives, please see http://www.townofmamaroneckny.org/324/Sustainability-Collaborative and https://villageoflarchmont.org/link-to-environmental-committee/