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(CNN) – First he forced chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. Then he pushed forward with a ban on large size sugary soft drinks.
Now New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants people to set aside their food scraps so they can be collected for composting.
"It gives people a way to participate in composting even if you don't want to go whole hog yourself," said Brooklyn Botanic Garden spokesperson Kate Blumm. "So you don't want worms under your sink? Fine. You don't want to have to go out to your backyard with a pitchfork once a week? Fine. This is a way that you can participate, or really I can participate, as well."
Collecting food scraps in high-rise apartment buildings might pose a challenge. However, there are potentially large benefits to composting on a wide scale in a city as big as New York.
Jennifer Blackwell, manager of the city's composting program at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, says it could eliminate a large quantity of green house gases.
"When you compost like this it's in an aerobic setting so it involves oxygen. So you don't get as much methane as you do with a landfill."
The mayor's composting program will be voluntary at first, but officials would like to make it mandatory by the year 2016.