New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking on a new cause. This time his plan requires New Yorkers to separate food scraps for composting.
Under the program residents would collect food waste and put it in picnic basket-sized containers in their homes. Those containers would then be emptied into large brown bins on the curb for pickup.
According to the New York Times, the city has already hired a composting plant to handle about 10 percent of the city's total food waste.
Officials say the program would start off with 150,000 single family homes, 100 high rise buildings, and 600 schools. By 2015 or 2016 the entire city would be expected to participate.
If Bloomberg's plan is embraced by New Yorkers, it would represent the biggest expansion of recycling efforts for the city since 1989. Bloomberg has called food waste the "final recycling frontier."
The composting program will initially be voluntary, but according to the Times after a few years, New Yorkers who fail to comply could be liable to fines.
Other cities, such as San Francisco and Seattle, have composting programs in place.