NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden
ON PAUSE: Please note that we currently have no Compost Project staff. Our public food scrap drop-off program remains closed until further notice.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of so many New Yorkers and local organizations, some funding for community composting has been restored in the City’s budget. This funding will allow Grow NYC to re-open their high volume food scrap drop-offs (FSDOs) and allow NYC Compost Project to support FSDOs and accept material for composting.
While NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden remains unstaffed, we hope to resume a portion of our operations as soon as possible. We will likely be limited to supporting food scrap drop-offs and processing. And we will likely be hiring new staff! These details are being worked out with our host site leadership and DSNY. Please check back for updates.
If you have questions about setting up your own compost system, email [email protected]
During this suspension, DSNY will continue to make resources available online to support home and community composting in New York City. You can learn how to compost by downloading PDFs of educational materials by visiting makecompost.nyc.
The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability.
About The NYC Compost Project
The NYC Compost Project helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild City soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost. Funded since 1993 by the Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Reuse and Sustainability, our team works to implement this mission through innovative compost and farming programs. With our one-acre farm, pollinator habitat, and compost bin display, we demonstrate how New Yorkers can participate in diverting waste and improving our urban soils. Why compost? Composting is a simple way to start making big changes in our environment. Compost It reduces waste sent to landfills, provides necessary nutrients to plants, and is a great way to connect with nature in our bustling metropolis.