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__Excess investigates the large amounts of food going to waste in urban centers and creatively employs new tactics to divert food from landfill and back to people to consume or compost.

Artists Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga and Brooke Singer transformed a quadcycle into a mobile bodega and composting machine. They are partnering with select businesses (e.g. markets, coffee shops, restaurants) to rescue food that would otherwise go to landfill. This is a free & temporary service to help reduce food waste and associated costs in exchange for a commitment from the participating businesses to improve their food waste practices. After pick up, the edible food is distributed in public space like a park. The non-edible food goes into the bike’s compost barrel (that spins as the biker pedals!) and is transported to our community garden. We will work with the business to identify long-term solutions.

The goal of this project is to change the organic waste disposal practices of small businesses and create positive possibilities with excess food. New York City is currently running a pilot program at green markets for composting residential food scraps. ExcessNYC addresses the large amounts of food waste generated by businesses and brings the issue directly to the public in the city streets.

__New York City spends over a million dollars a day trucking residential waste out of the city and 20-50% of that is typically organic matter. What can we do to move our city closer to a future in which edible food gets eaten, organic waste is turned into energy-rich compost, compost is used to bio-remediate contaminated lots, empty lots are transformed into food producing gardens and the resulting, dramatic savings for the city can be redistributed to improve (_you fill in the blank_) programs.

__Excedentes/Excess is a collaboration between Madrid (Jose Luis Bongore and Beatriz Marcos) and NYC (Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga and Brooke Singer) that was originally commissioned by El Ranchito, a project from Matadero Madrid and curated by Nerea Calvillo. The first version of the project, Mermas Carrito, was built with the help of Todo por la praxis and tested and exhibited in December 2011 in Madrid. The Excess Bodega Bike is the second version of the project designed specifically for NYC.

__Version 2.0 (the NYC Excess Bodega Bike) launced in Summer 2012 in NYC. Here is documentation showing evolution of the project.

__Contact: INFO at EXCESSNYC dot ORG

__ Thank you to our sponsors: El Ranchito, Matadero Madrid; Spain Arts & Culture; 3rd Ward