June 17, 2013
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a plan to penalize New Yorkers who do not compost food waste.
Nanny Mike, who has outlawed consumption of large soft drinks and smoking outdoors, has an ambitious plan to handle 100,000 tons of food scraps a year and convert residential food waste into biogas for electricity generation, according to the New York Times.
Biogas is a trendy alternative to conventional fuel used to generate electricity. In addition to the inefficiency of biogas, it is more expensive than other biofuels.
Moreover, sanitation officials in America’s largest city consider New York too dense and vertically structured for such a policy to succeed.
For now, Bloomberg’s program will be voluntary. New York, however, eventually plans to make it mandatory. Cities around the country, including San Francisco and Seattle, are currently mandating citizen participation in food recycling programs.
San Francisco’s Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance fines building owners if they do not provide blue, green, and black bins and information on their proper use, according to the SFEnviroment web page.