Farm & Compost

NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

We support community partnerships to create a healthy transition where food is never wasted but returned to the soil for a new cycle of life.

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The NYC Compost Project (NYCCP) hosted by Queens Botanical Garden helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild City soils by giving New Yorkers the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The NYC Compost Project programs are carried out by staff funded by the New York City Council and managed by Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. NYC Compost Project programs are implemented by DSNY-funded teams at seven host organizations, including Brooklyn Botanic GardenBig ReuseEarth Matter NYLower East Side Ecology Center, Queens Botanical GardenSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and The New York Botanical Garden.

The NYC Compost Project, hosted by Queens Botanical Garden offers compost-related educational opportunities, technical composting support, distribute compost, and processes over 4,500 lbs of food waste generated in Queens, NY. We are currently working on supporting communities to open neighborhood-based public food scrap drop off sites ensuring food scraps are composted locally. See the press release on the restoration of funding.

What are our current priorities?

Outreach and Education

We educate New Yorkers of all ages about composting to close the loop of our food’s life cycle. We host workshops, site tours, info tables, speaking opportunities, and classes. This includes the Master Composter Certificate program, an advanced composting course that trains a select group of New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based compost projects.

Food Scrap Drop-Off (FSDO) & Local Composting

We support neighborhood food scrap drop-off sites and compost food scraps locally at QBG. Drop-off sites are located at greenmarkets, subway stations, public libraries, and gardens interested in hosting weekly neighborhood food scrap drop-off bins, including on-site at the Garden.  The Queens Botanical Garden FSDO is located in front of the Parking Garden at 42-80 Crommelin Avenue.

Click here to find your neighborhood FSDO.

Events, Offerings, & Technical Assistance

New Yorkers have built an expansive network of community compost sites across the 5 boroughs. NYC is home to hundreds of community-run compost sites. We provide technical assistance to these sites by helping construct composting systems, manage volunteers, prevent, and resolve neighborhood conflicts, source materials, and more.

Our Impact in 2019:

  • Diverted over 353,159lbs of organic waste from the landfill
  • Interacted with over 12,000 people during outreach events and activities
  • Had 578 volunteers supporting the NYCCP at QBG
  • Performed over 40 technical assistances to community compost sites
  • Distributed 216 bags of compost

UPDATES: NYC Composting Services

  • Some NYC Compost Project and GrowNYC Food Scrap Drop-off sites are reopening across the city. Check out the map to find a drop-off near you.
  • The DSNY Compost Distribution Program has been paused until further notice. This includes all compost deliveries, pickups and scheduled giveback events.
  • The curbside composting program is suspended as of May 4, 2020. During the suspension, any food scraps and yard waste set out for composting will be collected as trash. The suspension is currently planned through June 30, 2022. Residents with brown bins should store their bins in a safe location for the duration of the suspension.

Upcoming Events

Sun 14

Compost Tea & Extract Workshop

Sunday, August 14, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thu 18

Compost Beautification Community Volunteer Day

Thursday, August 18, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Mon 22

Compost Build Volunteer Days

Monday, August 22, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Thu 25

Compost Beautification Community Volunteer Day

Thursday, August 25, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Mon 29

Compost Build Volunteer Days

Monday, August 29, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm