Cities all over the country have regular trash cans plus blue and green bins for recyclables. But now more municipalities are starting to offer smaller brown bins for food waste like vegetable peels, pits, broccoli stems, spoiled lettuce - the things in our fridge we don't quite have a use for, but can quickly fill up our regular trash can that would be better off becoming part of the earth. These compost bins are becoming popular in New York City in accordance with plans to take the green and turn it into gas.
The New York Times reports that the bins are a part of the city's campaign to reduce landfill use and cut greenhouse gas emissions. New York throws out about 14 million tons of waste every year which it costs almost $400 million annually to ship to incinerators or landfills. Sometimes New Yorker's garbage gets sent as far away as South Carolina. Not only is the city producing an enormous amount of trash, but the trucks sometimes used to transport it are also producing waste into the air via pollution.