ReCultivateNY disrupts our existing waste management system in order to close the food-to-waste cycle and enrich the soil's of New York's farms and brownfields.
ReCultivateNY WAS CREATED IN RESPONSE TO THREE CRUSHING ISSUES:
LANDFILLING FOOD WASTE
is enormous and inefficiently managed at best. Forty percent of our food is sent to the landfill. Each year, New York City loses more than one million tons of food to the landfill, creating methane and other potent greenhouse gases. Other waste is hauled to long-distance facilities and unmarketable environments – creating more waste and adding to the carbon footprint.
RCNY is completing the full lifecycle of food by diverting waste from the landfill and returning the nutrients to the soil by addressing the inefficiencies in the current waste management system. We also partner with organizations fighting to reduce food waste.
A FARMLAND SOIL CRISIS
is expanding at alarming rates. Available land is being depleted; poor land quality leads to increasing dependence on risky and unpopular fertilizers and pesticides; land productivity is compromised and viable farms are crippled. All of this results in less nutritious food and less flavorful food.
By creating nutrient dense compost directly on site at a low cost, RCNY is bringing the compost directly where it is needed-- on the farm. We work with farmers to create customized compost to increase yield, reduce erosion, improve water retention and grow healthier crops. Learn More
affecting almost every community in the state. These contaminated and abandoned properties pose risks in big cities, small towns, sprawling suburbs and the countryside. Left untouched, brownfields pose environmental, legal and financial burdens on a community and its taxpayers.
After reclamation, these sites can develop into economic vitality, community pride and prosperous spaces. We are working to not only transform unutilized spaces, but also allow to rebuild communities from their organic resources, reducing the import of out-of-state soil. Learn More
Composting directly where the soil needs it.
Capturing New York's organic waste to restore and reclaim New York's farms and brownfields.