Ick factor: NYC so far turns up nose at food-scrap recycling

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has put expansion of its organics collection program on hold because not enough people are participating in the often-smelly chore of setting aside their table scraps, spoiled food and grass clippings.

The city began its pilot program five years ago with a goal of turning hundreds of thousands of tons of such leftovers into compost, gas or electricity.

But the city collected only about 13,000 tons from residential customers last year, and found that the 3.5 million people in the program are only separating around 10 percent of their potential scraps.

Officials say the city still wants to expand the program to all 8.5 million New York City residents, but right now is focused on making the system more efficient and getting more people to pitch in.

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