Food Scrap Drop-Off Sites

Food Scrap Drop-Off Sites

Our team can be found throughout Queens tabling to educate residents on how to compost while accepting food scraps that we make into compost at Queens Botanical Garden. Visit us at one of our food scrap drop-off sites today!

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


Beginning October 15, our Briarwood, Kew Gardens, Elmhurst, and Rego Park food scrap drop-offs will no longer be operated by the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden. They will continue to operate under the supervision of our partner organization, GrowNYC. There will be schedule changes to these drop-offs. Please see below and we thank you for your continued participation.

Tuesdays-Sundays, Garden open hours
Location: Queens Botanical Garden, Parking Garden
*In order to use this site you must complete the following quiz


Through 10/8: 7:30 to 9:30am
Starting 10/15: 7:45 to 10:45am
Location: Briarwood E & F Subway Station, north side of Queens Boulevard

Kew Gardens    

Through 10/8: Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30am
Starting 10/15: Tuesdays, 7:30 to 10:30am
Location: Kew Gardens Rd and 81st Ave

Through 10/7: Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30am
*Closed 10/14*
Starting 10/15: Tuesdays, 7 to 10am
Location: Grand Av/ Newtown M & R Subway, 51 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373

Rego Park
Through 10/7: Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30am
*Closed: 10/14*
Starting 10/15: Tuesdays, 7:15 to 10:15am
Location: 63rd Dr- Rego Park M & R Subway, 96-14 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374


  • 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.
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.

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