Compost

Established in 2011, the GrowNYC Compost Program strives to make composting second-nature for all New Yorkers by operating residential Food Scrap Drop-off sites and partnering with community composting facilities to make compost locally. Currently re-building and fundraising in the wake of budget cuts related to COVID-19, the Compost Program has re-opened 29 food scrap drop-off sites serving 6 thousand regular weekly participants, diverting over 23 tons of food scraps from landfills each week. 

See below for updates on GrowNYC locations, and check the citywide map for more options.

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Food Scrap Drop-off Schedule

Please see our list of what to bring and adhere to the drop-off schedule at each location (do not bring food scraps to closed sites). Food scraps cannot be accepted outside of stated open hours. All locations are year-round unless otherwise noted.

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BOROUGH LOCATION DAY TIME OPERATED BY PROCESSED BY
Bronx Fordham Plaza Greenmarket
E Fordham Rd & 3rd Ave
Fridays 8am-11:30am GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Bronx Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
149th St b/t Park and Morris Aves
Fridays 8am-12pm GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Bronx New Roots Community Farm
670 Grand Concourse
Fridays 8am-12pm GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Brooklyn Bed Stuy Fresh Food Box
Decatur St and Lewis Ave
Saturdays 11am-3pm GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Brooklyn Bensonhurst Greenmarket
18th Ave & 81st St
Sundays
Starting 10/17/21
9am-1pm GrowNYC Earth Matter
Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Court St & Montague St
Saturdays
Starting 10/9/21
8am-12pm GrowNYC Big Reuse
Brooklyn Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
Smith St and 1st Pl
Sundays 8am-12pm GrowNYC Big Reuse & Earth Matter
Brooklyn Cortelyou Greenmarket
Argyle Rd and Cortelyou Rd
Sundays 9am-1pm GrowNYC Big Reuse & Earth Matter
Brooklyn Crown Heights Food Scrap Drop-off
Eastern Parkway & Franklin Ave
Thursdays
Starting 9/30/21
8:30am-11:30am GrowNYC DSNY
Brooklyn Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Washington Park & Myrtle Ave
Saturdays 9am-2pm GrowNYC Big Reuse & WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Brooklyn McCarren Park Greenmarket
N 12th St and Driggs Ave
Saturdays 8am-12pm GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Brooklyn Prospect Heights Food Scrap Drop-off
Park Place & Carlton Ave
Thursdays
Starting 9/30/21
8am-11am GrowNYC DSNY
Brooklyn Wilson Ave Food Scrap Drop-off
Wilson Ave & Moffat St
Thursdays
Starting 10/21/21
9am-1pm GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Manhattan 79th St Greenmarket
77th St between Columbus Ave & Central Park West
Sundays 9am-3pm GrowNYC Earth Matter
Manhattan E 96th Street Food Scrap Drop-off
East 96th St & Lexington Ave
Fridays 7:30am-11:30am GrowNYC DSNY
Manhattan 97th Street Greenmarket
W 97th & Amsterdam
Fridays 8am-12:30pm GrowNYC DSNY & WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Manhattan Abingdon Square Greenmarket
W12th St & 8th Ave
Saturdays 8am-2pm GrowNYC Big Reuse
Manhattan Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway at Battery Place
Tuesdays 8am-11am Earth Matter Earth Matter
Manhattan Columbia University Greenmarket
116th St & Broadway
Sundays
Starting 10/10/21
8am-12pm GrowNYC Earth Matter
Manhattan Inwood Greenmarket
Seaman Ave & Isham St (N corner)
Saturdays 8am-12pm GrowNYC Big Reuse
Manhattan Stuy Town Greenmarket
Stuyvesant Town Oval, near 14th Street Loop
Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm GrowNYC & LESEC LESEC
Manhattan Tompkins Square Greenmarket
E 7th St & Ave A
Sundays 9am-5pm LESEC LESEC
Manhattan Tribeca Greenmarket
Greenwich St & Duane St
Saturdays 8am-1pm GrowNYC Big Reuse
Manhattan Union Square Greenmarket
NE Section of Union Square Park
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 8am-5pm LESEC LESEC
Manhattan William B. Washington Memorial Garden
321 West 126th Street
Fridays 8am-12:30pm GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Queens Jackson Heights Greenmarket
79th St and Northern Blvd
Sundays 9am-1pm GrowNYC DSNY
Queens Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Ave & 42nd St
Saturdays
Starting 10/9/21
9am-1pm GrowNYC WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP
Staten Island St. George Greenmarket
St. Marks & Hyatt St
Saturdays 8am-12pm Snug Harbor Snug Harbor
Staten Island Staten Island Mall Greenmarket
Marsh Avenue & Ring Road
Saturdays
starting 9/4/21
8:30am-1pm Snug Harbor Snug Harbor

Key:
DSNY = NYC Department of Sanitation

LESEC = Lower East Side Ecology Center


Frequently Asked Questions

Why compost?
Composting is one of the easiest things that everyone can do to improve the environment, with benefits including:

  • Sending Zero Waste to Landfills - over ⅓ of New York City’s residential waste stream is made up of organic waste that could be composted, including food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste.
  • Fighting Climate Change - making compost locally cuts down on carbon emissions from hauling trash long distances, and methane emissions generated by anaerobic decomposition of food waste in landfills.
  • Turning Waste into a Resource - compost is a valuable fertilizer that returns nutrients to soil and helps plants thrive. Food scraps dropped-off with GrowNYC become compost that is distributed for free to community gardens, urban farms, neighborhood parks, street tree beds, and members of the public.
  • Keeping it Local - food scraps collected by GrowNYC are processed locally in partnership with NYC Compost Project host sites and other partners, including Big Reuse, Earth Matter, Lower East Side Ecology CenterQueens Botanical Garden, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and Waste Management.

What can I compost with GrowNYC?

  • Accepted Materials: fruit & vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, grains, cereal), coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, egg shells & nuts, cut flowers & houseplants, soiled brown paper products, potting soil.
  • Do Not Bring: meat, fish, bones, dairy, fat, oil, greasy food scraps, animal waste, charcoal, coconuts, insect-infested plants, plastics, twist ties, rubber bands, or receipts.

How should I store my food scraps?
Food scraps can be collected in reusable containers, paper bags, or plastic bags. To reduce odors at home and at the collection sites, store items in the freezer or refrigerator. A layer of shredded newspaper at the bottom of your storage container also helps.

How can I enroll in Curbside Composting?
Starting in October, 2021, The NYC Department of Sanitation's residential Curbside Composting service is resuming on a rolling basis based on the number of sign-ups in each neighborhood. Sign up at nyc.gov/curbsidecomposting.

How can I make compost at home?
We recommend reading the NYC Compost Project's Outdoor Composting Guide and Indoor Composting Guide for an introduction on the art and science of making compost. If you want to dig deeper, check out the Master Composter Manual and get involved with your nearest NYC Compost Project host site.

Can businesses drop off materials to compost?
No. Commercial food scraps are not accepted at these sites. Businesses should contact a hauler who can handle commercially-generated organic waste.

How has participation in the GrowNYC Compost Program changed over time?

The GrowNYC & DSNY Food Scrap Drop-off Program is a partnership between the City of New York, the NYC Department of Sanitation, GrowNYC, and community partners.

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    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

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    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

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    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

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