On Thursday May 11, 2023, the Town of Riverhead became the first municipality on Long Island to launch a program to collect food scraps from residents to reduce waste and help create healthier local soils. Now Riverhead residents will be able to bring their vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, cut flowers, and egg shells to 532 Youngs Ave, where they will be collected and converted into compost. No plastics, meats or grease are accepted.
The kickoff event was attended by County Legislator Al Krupski and Riverhead Town Councilmen Tim Hubbard and Frank Beyrodt. The project was created in partnership with the Long Island Organics Council and Green Inside and Out, which received a $20,000 grant from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute to assist the municipality with the project. Residents can register here to be part of the program and to learn more.
To facilitate participation, the Town will also sell small kitchen countertop and 5 gallon bins at cost. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.