The Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont will be hosting a celebration to mark the one-year anniversary of its award-winning Food Waste Recycling and Composting program. The voluntary Food Waste Recycling program, launched Sept. 18, 2017 was quickly embraced by the community. Hundreds of Larchmont and Town of Mamaroneck participants have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability by separating out food scraps that would otherwise be tossed in the trash so they can instead be transformed into earth friendly, nutrient-rich compost. 

As a result, close to 50 tons of food scraps have been diverted from the waste cycle this past year. The initiative earned the Westchester County Eco Award, which was presented by County Executive George Latimer June 19.

The Food Waste recycling process does not just begin in home kitchens, organizers said. The endeavor has taken on a new dimension as local schools and houses of worship have adopted food waste recycling practices. In addition, venues such as town concerts and block parties are taking the concept to the next level by organizing them as Zero Waste events so that all materials used and disposed of are reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson said, “The achievement we are 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.”

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