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Department of Sanitation unveils plan to expand organics program

The city Department of Sanitation has unveiled plans to expand its organics program. The city Department of Sanitation has unveiled plans to expand its organics program.

The city Department of Sanitation has unveiled plans to expand its organics program.

The program, NYC Organics, allows for curbside collection of food scraps, food soiled paper and yard waste. The items are then turned into compost or renewable energy. NYC Organics is already available to 1 million residents citywide, including neighborhoods in East New York, Flatlands and Bay Ridge.

Officials hope that by expanding the program to areas such as Brooklyn Heights and Coney Island that more community gardens like La Casita Verde in Williamsburg can be transformed.

"New York City is not always seen as being at the forefront of some of these programs like organic collection, but we are actually the biggest," says Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.

The 2017 expansion will bring the program to more than 2 million residents citywide. The goal is to serve all New Yorkers by the end of 2018.

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