QBG Compost

NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden


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

QBG Compost began 30 years ago as part of the NYC Department of Sanitation Compost Project. While the City has eliminated community composting in its budget, we are committed to composting! Until additional funding is secured we have suspended most of our education and outreach work to focus on processing compost. Please make a donation to support our work.

Get Involved

See below for ways YOU can help close the loop of our food’s lifecycle.

Please note: Some of these offerings may not be available at this time due to DSNY’s defunding of the program. We remain committed to finding ways to continue.

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Educational Resources

Use our resource library as a starting place for answering your questions on composting processes, bins, gardening tips, and more.


Food Scrap Drop-Off (FSDO) Sites

We support community run FSDOs have the tools and knowledge to run a smooth operation. Visit Queens Botanical Garden’s FSDO at our Parking Garden at 42-80 Crommelin Avenue. Click here to find your closest FSDO.


Programs, Events, & Volunteering

We host workshops, volunteer events, presentations, and more. This includes the master composter certificate program.

Technical & Material Requests

We provide compost technical assistance by helping construct composting systems, managing volunteers, advising on neighborhood conflicts, sourcing materials, and more.


Tabling & Presentation Requests

We host workshops, volunteer events, presentations, site tours, info tables, speaking opportunities, and classes.


Our Annual Impact

  • Diverted over 300,00 lbs of organic waste from landfill by turning it into rich compost
  • Engaged with over 5,000 people at events and activities
  • Worked with 446 volunteers
  • Performed 56 technical assistances to community sites
  • Distributed over 2226 cubic yards of compost to NYC residents, Community Gardens, and Street Tree Care events

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.