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Zero Waste Island

Our Compost Learning Center is located on Governors Island. When visiting Governors Island (GI), please keep in mind we aim to be a Zero Waste Island! Help us minimize the overall environmental impact of trash generated. Let’s keep garbage from landfills by the limiting materials you bring.

Love picnics? Consider re-using disposal items and recycling your what you do not bring back home. Please keep in mind that styrofoam materials and plastic bags are NOT recyclable.

Once you’re on the island, remember to #thinkbeforeyouthrow. Source separation stations are located in multiple places around Governors Island. They include bins for recycling of paper, metal+glass+plastic, and compostables (food waste and service-ware). A landfill-bound bin is provided for items that cannot be recycled.

Your compostable food waste and service-ware will be turned into soil-enriching compost to help rebuild Governors Island soil at our Compost Learning Center.

Together, we can build a healthy, safe and clean environment.

Thank you!

Learn more about #OneNYC and The Department of Sanitation’s 0x30 goals.

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

–  Internationally accepted, peer-reviewed definition adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance
Definition last updated: 2009

Entry-Level Volunteer Opportunities

Events

Earth Matter supports partner organizations at their events and gives event attendees an opportunity to learn more about composting. Our volunteers are a vital part of these events! By signing up, here’s how you might be involved:

  • Source Separation: Set up source separation stations, assist with food scrap collection, and engage with event attendees by giving tips and helping to build awareness and excitement around composting.
  • Tabling: Set up tabling areas, hand out literature on “How to Compost”, bring out our animals for compost education demonstrations, and work with attendees on hands-on activities.

Zero Waste Pumpkin Point

Pumpkin Point is a free fall spectacular in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes it will include pumpkin picking, free live music, and pumpkin painting. Visitors can enjoy a fall beer garden and tasty treats including warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, “ghoulash” and more.

Come volunteer with Earth Matter to make this fun family event zero waste. You will monitor the recycling stations and help educate the event goers on how to recycle and separated their compostables as you enjoy the event. No prior knowledge necessary. We provide gloves, pickers and aprons

Date: October 20, 2018

Address:
Nolan Park
Governors Island
New York, NY
10004 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 5

Zero Waste Pumpkin Point

Pumpkin Point is a free fall spectacular in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes it will include pumpkin picking, free live music, and pumpkin painting. Visitors can enjoy a fall beer garden and tasty treats including warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, “ghoulash” and more.

Come volunteer with Earth Matter to make this fun family event zero waste. You will monitor the recycling stations and help educate the event goers on how to recycle and separated their compostables as you enjoy the event. No prior knowledge necessary. We provide gloves, pickers and aprons

Date: October 21, 2018

Address:
Nolan Park
Governors Island
New York, NY
10004 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 5

Zero Waste Pumpkin Point

Pumpkin Point is a free fall spectacular in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes it will include pumpkin picking, free live music, and pumpkin painting. Visitors can enjoy a fall beer garden and tasty treats including warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, “ghoulash” and more.

Come volunteer with Earth Matter to make this fun family event zero waste. You will monitor the recycling stations and help educate the event goers on how to recycle and separated their compostables as you enjoy the event. No prior knowledge necessary. We provide gloves, pickers and aprons

Date: October 27, 2018

Address:
Nolan Park
Governors Island
New York, NY
10004 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 6

Zero Waste Pumpkin Point

Pumpkin Point is a free fall spectacular in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes it will include pumpkin picking, free live music, and pumpkin painting. Visitors can enjoy a fall beer garden and tasty treats including warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, “ghoulash” and more.

Come volunteer with Earth Matter to make this fun family event zero waste. You will monitor the recycling stations and help educate the event goers on how to recycle and separated their compostables as you enjoy the event. No prior knowledge necessary. We provide gloves, pickers and aprons

Date: October 28, 2018

Address:
Nolan Park
Governors Island
New York, NY
10004 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 6

Zero Waste at the Just Food G.A.L.A

We would like to invite you to volunteer with us at the Just Food's Gathering to Activate, Liberate, and Appreciate (G.A.L.A.) as a Zero Waste Educator.

The G.A.L.A. is a walk-around, tasting benefit that is centering folks who share Just Food's belief that growing, cooking and sharing food is an act of justice. It Highlights more than 30 local, queer, of color and ally chefs, culinary artists, and good food businesses we love, many working outside and around the traditional restaurant system.

As a Zero Waste Educator you will help set-up, staff and breakdown the recycling station and help event goers recycle their materials into the right bins. We have the goal to make this a Zero Waste event as we have done in the past. Zero waste means that 90% or more of the discharged materials will be diverted from landfill and recycled or composted. This is a wonderful event and a great way to network and spread the awareness of composting and recycling.

You do not need any prior knowledge. We will provide gloves, grabbers and aprons.

Date: October 30, 2018

Address:
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, New York
10011
United States Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 5