State of the City | Curbside composting will expand citywide by end of next year, Adams says


Bring on the brown bins!

The city will expand its curbside composting program to all five boroughs by the end of next year, Mayor Eric Adams announced on Thursday.

The mayor made the announcement at his State of the City address Thursday, invoking the war on his archnemesis, rats, in promulgating the citywide program.

“We’re going to ‘Get Stuff Cleaner’ by launching the country’s largest curbside composting program,” Hizzoner said during his speech at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, before assembled dignitaries. “By the end of 2024, all 8.5 million New Yorkers will finally have the rat-defying solution they’ve been waiting for for two decades.”

The news was first reported Thursday morning by the New York Times.

After years of false starts and opt-in neighborhood programs scattered across the city, the Adams administration launched a borough-wide curbside organics pilot in Queens for three months last year, no signup required. On Thursday, the mayor deemed the pilot successful, diverting nearly 13 million pounds of food and yard waste away from landfills en route to become nutritious, earthy compost.