Food Scrap Drop-Off Sites

Food Scrap Drop-Off Sites

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by QBG has transitioned the management of our food scrap drop-off sites to GrowNYC. Please visit to find details.

Questions? Call us at 718.539.5296 or email [email protected]


Drop Off Your Food Scraps at QBG

Parking Garden*,  Queens Botanical Garden                                                    42-80 Crommelin Street,  Flushing,  NY 11355

April-October:  Tuesday-Sunday,  8am-6pm

November-March:  Tuesday-Sunday,  8am-4:30pm

*In order to use this site you must complete the following quiz Watch the video below to learn more about participating!


Food scrap drop-offs may be closed on major holidays including but not limited to New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. In the case of extreme weather events food scrap drop-offs may be cancelled or have a delayed opening or early closing.


  • Put your food scraps in a paper bag, plastic bag, or a reusable container and to store them in the freezer or refrigerator. Freezing helps to avoid issues such as fruit flies and odors in the kitchen.
  • If freezing is not an option, keep food scraps in a reusable container lined with shredded newspaper. The newspaper will help absorb moisture and odors from the food scraps.
  • At the drop-off site, empty your food scraps into the bin. Paper bags and soiled newspaper can also go in the bin, but please tear up paper bags to help with our composting process. Dispose of any plastic bags in the separate trash receptacle provided.

What can I bring to a food scrap drop-off site?


  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • coffee grounds, filters, paper tea bags
  • stale or moldy bread and grains
  • egg shells
  • nutshells
  • food-soiled paper towels and napkins
  • stale beans, flours, spices
  • cut or dried flowers
  • houseplants and potting soil


  • meat or fish scraps
  • cheese or dairy products
  • fats, grease, oil, oily foods
  • feces, kitty litter
  • colored or glossy paper
  • charcoal or coal ashes
  • diseased or infested houseplants
  • compostable serviceware
  • plastics, metal, glass