Posted January 29, 2021 at 11:04 AM by Amanda Frentz
Compost NOW (New Orleans Waste) began collecting food scraps at City Park's Reunion Shelter in August 2020. It is one of several Compost NOW collection sites around the city where local residents can drop off their frozen food scraps (no meat, no bones, no dairy, no oily foods).
Since begining collection in City Park six months ago, Compost NOW has diverted over four-and-a-half tons of food waste (9300 pounds) from the landfill at the City Park site alone. Compost NOW has collectively diverted over 400,000 pounds of food waste since they began in 2017 at just two sites.
The food scraps are transported to Langston Hughes Academy as part of their Edible Schoolyard program or to Schmelly's Dirt Farm where they are turned into nutrient-rich compost.
Bins are stored at the nearby Christian Brothers School, to make it easy for our roster of volunteers who host the collections each week. This collection is hosted in order to both track participation but also to answer questions from people dropping off their scraps, or just walking by.
Program hours at City Park's Reunion Shelter are Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. Compost NOW collects 'rain or shine' however does close down for severve weather and holidays.
Volunteers are always welcome, as we could not continue without them. Please sign up on our site by clicking here.
The Compost NOW Facebook page is the best way to stay up-to-date about the drop off options located both on the Easy Bank and the West Bank.
Compost NOW will receieve an "Everyday Hero" award from Keep Louisiana Beautiful on Wednesday, February 3rd, just prior to our weekly collection.