Project Leaf Drop Set For November
Fall is upon us and leaves will soon be dropping to the ground. Please realize that leaves in the forest are meant to stay there in their natural state to feed the undergrowth and nourish the trees again as a source of carbon compost as they break down.
In the city, however, we pile them up and the kids might play around in them for a bit, but eventually, they’ll end up by the curbside bagged neatly and thrown out with the garbage never to be used for their intended purpose.
NYC Sanitation collected leaves in the past, composted them and allowed people to come and collect compost once it was ready for garden use. Unfortunately, this project was cut out of the budget and now the leaves that are collected will simply fill our already overburdened landfills.
This year Rockaway is hosting Project Leaf Drop locations so we can collect and use them for composting within the city and especially here in our neighborhood. A small group of composting volunteers have started a group called Rockaway Resource Recovery and we have been awarded a grant to begin a composting project. This project will be supported in part by the City of NY and Citizens Committee for Greening NYC. Our grant was offered by Change By Us NYC to support local volunteer-led projects.
We are offering LEAFDROP sites this month at two locations: Sunday, November 6. 12-3 p.m. at Beach 91 Street Community Garden; Saturday, November 12, 10-2 p.m. at Beach 97 Street and Rockaway Freeway; and Saturday, November 19, 10-2 p.m. at Beach 97 Street and Rockaway Freeway.
PLEASE!! NO BRANCHES, YARD DEBRIS OR TRASH ... SIMPLY LEAVE US YOUR BAGGED LEAVES!!!!
HELP US MOVE LEAVES FROM THE TRASH BIN TO THE COMPOST BIN.
WE NEED YOU! If you would like to become a local volunteer please email us at RockawayResourceRecovery@gmail.com
Another good site for further information is www.NYCLeaves.org.