QUEENS — Residents of Eastern Queens can now recycle their food scraps on their way to work.
Three new drop-off locations, where locals will be able to dispose of their fruit and vegetable scraps, recently opened near subway stations in Kew Gardens, Ridgewood and Briarwood, according to the Department of Sanitation.
Eight additional locations are also coming to Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx.
Compost created from the scraps collected at these year-round locations will be later distributed to local urban farms and community gardens to improve soil quality, the agency said.
“Organic material makes up about a third of our city’s trash," said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in a statement. "By increasing the number of food scrap drop-off sites, more organic material can be composted instead of going to landfills.”
Currently, the nearest food scrap drop-off locations are located in Central Queens at the Forest Hills and Jackson Heights greenmarkets.
The agency is also planning to open 19 more seasonal sites this summer.
Here are the three new food scrap drop-off sites in Eastern Queens:
► Kew Gardens: Kew Gardens Road at Union Turnpike, every Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
► Ridgewood: Fresh Pond Road at Putnam Avenue, every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
► Briarwood: Main Street at Manton Street, every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.