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Mayor de Blasio's family promotes composting

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Mayor Bill de Blasio composts and he needs a backboard to sink a watermelon rind into his family's brown bin.

The entire first family appears in a video, posted to the mayor's YouTube page, to promote the voluntary composting program, introduced under then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

While none we met outside of the de Blasio family admitted to recycling food scraps, all said they'd consider it.

Well, it's not hard, but storing all the parts of foods you don't eat loose in a bin inside your apartment without some sort of bag you can tie off does provide some challenges.

We also encountered some confusion about how composting works. And even after watching the de Blasio video tutorial, many still struggled to explain why organics recycling might help New York and what part of the city it would help.

Recycling food-scraps reduces the burden on landfills and can create fertilizer or -- with the right infrastructure -- biogas to generate electricity.

While Bloomberg expected to take the composting program citywide by 2016 and eventually fine fruit-and-veggie-trashers, a de Blasio spokesman told fox 5 only that the program remains in its educational phase.

 

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