Compost Food Scraps

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 14 food scrap drop-off sites serving 4 thousand regular weekly participants, diverting over 30 thousand pounds of food scraps from landfills each week. 

Food Scrap Drop-off sites and Curbside Composting service were suspended throughout NYC in Spring of 2020 due to budget cuts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see Notice on the Suspension of GrowNYC’s Recycling Programs for more information on GrowNYC’s zero waste programming.

Thanks to your support, GrowNYC and the NYC Compost Project are able to bring back a select number of food scrap drop-off sites in Fall 2020.  See below for updates on GrowNYC locations, check the citywide map, and learn how else you can Keep Composting in NYC During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To support our work, please donate here.


GrowNYC Collection Schedule

Most Food Scrap Drop-Off sites in NYC have been closed since March 2020 due to budget cuts related to COVID-19. Check the status (Open vs. Closed) of the GrowNYC Food Scrap Drop-off sites below for updates.

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.

Holiday Schedule Changes

Friday, November 27th - All Food Scrap Drop-off sites Closed for Thanksgiving (97th Street, Fordham Plaza, and Lincoln Hospital Greenmarkets)

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In cases of severe weather, collections may close early or be cancelled.  Please drop early and check our blog or follow us on social media for schedule updates.

SOME FOOD SCRAP DROP-OFF SITES HAVE RE-OPENED. CHECK STATUS BELOW FOR UPDATES.
(Updated 10
/21/20)

STATUS BOROUGH LOCATION DAY TIME OPERATED BY FUNDED BY
Open Bronx Fordham Plaza Greenmarket
E Fordham Rd & 3rd Ave
Fridays 8am-11:30am GrowNYC DSNY
Open Bronx Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
149th St b/t Park and Morris Aves
Fridays 8am-12pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Brooklyn Bed Stuy Fresh Food Box
Decatur St and Lewis Ave
Saturdays 11am-3pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Brooklyn Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
Smith St and 1st Pl
Sundays 8am-12pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Brooklyn Cortelyou Greenmarket
Argyle Rd and Cortelyou Rd
Sundays 9am-1pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Brooklyn Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Washington Park & Myrtle Ave
Saturdays 9am-1pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Brooklyn McCarren Park Greenmarket
N 12th St and Driggs Ave
Saturdays 8am-12pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Manhattan 79th St Greenmarket
77th St between Columbus Ave & Central Park West
Sundays 9am-3pm GrowNYC Closed Loop Partners
Open Manhattan 97th Street Greenmarket
W 97th & Amsterdam
Fridays 8am-12:30pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Manhattan Abingdon Square Greenmarket
W12th St & 8th Ave
Saturdays 8am-2pm GrowNYC Closed Loop Partners
Open Manhattan Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway at Battery Place
Tuesdays 8am-10am Earth Matter DSNY
Open Manhattan Inwood Greenmarket
Isham b/t Seaman & Cooper
Saturdays 8am-12pm GrowNYC DSNY
Open Manhattan Stuy Town Greenmarket
Stuyvesant Town Oval, near 14th Street Loop
Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm GrowNYC & LESEC City Council Member Keith Powers
Open Manhattan Tompkins Square Greenmarket
E 7th St & Ave A
Sundays 9am-5pm LESEC DSNY
Open Manhattan Tribeca Greenmarket
Chambers St & Greenwich St
Saturdays 8am-1pm GrowNYC Closed Loop Partners
Open Manhattan Union Square Greenmarket
NE Section of Union Square Park
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat  8am-5pm LESEC DSNY
Open Queens Jackson Heights Greenmarket
79th St and Northern Blvd
Sundays 9am-1pm GrowNYC & QBG DSNY
Closed Bronx 161st St - Yankee Stadium COTG
161st St & River Ave (4/B/D train)
Fridays 7:30am-11:30am N/A

N/A

Closed Bronx Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket
Grand Concourse & 161st St
Tuesdays
Closed for the season
8am-2pm N/A N/A
Closed Bronx BronxWorks Fresh Food Box
1130 Grand Concourse, lobby

Thursdays

2pm-6pm

N/A N/A
Closed Bronx Brook Ave COTG
138th St & Brook Ave (6 train)
Fridays 7am-11am N/A N/A
Closed Bronx La Familia Verde Farmer's Market
E Tremont Ave b/t Lafontaine & Arthur Aves

Tuesdays 
Closed for the season

9am-1pm N/A N/A
Closed Bronx Learn It, Grow It, Eat It Youthmarket
McKinley Square at 169th St & Boston Rd

Wednesdays
Closed for the season

10am-3pm N/A N/A
Closed Bronx New Settlement's 170 Farm Stand
Townsend Ave & 170th St

Wednesdays 
Closed for the season

2:30pm-5:30pm N/A N/A
Closed Bronx Parkchester Greenmarket
Westchester Ave & White Plains Rd
Fridays
Closed for the season
8am-2pm N/A N/A
Closed

Bronx

Poe Park Greenmarket
Grand Concourse & 192nd St

Tuesdays 
Closed for the season

8am-1:30pm N/A N/A
Closed Bronx

Project HOPE Fresh Food Box 
854 Hunts Point Ave b/t Gilbert Pl & Seneca Ave

Wednesdays 3pm-6:30pm N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn

Bay Ridge Greenmarket
3rd Ave & 95th St (Walgreen's Parking Lot)

Saturdays 
Closed for the season

8am-1pm N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Court & Montague

Saturdays
Thursdays

8am-2pm N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn Franklin Ave Compost On-the-Go
Franklin Avenue & Eastern Parkway (2/3/4/5 trains)
Tuesdays 7:30am-10:30am N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn Jefferson St COTG
Wyckoff Ave & Starr St (SE Corner) (L Train)
Thursdays 7:30am-10:30am N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
NW corner of Prospect Park
Saturdays 8am-4pm N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn

Parkside Plaza COTG
Parkside Ave & Ocean Ave

Thursdays

7:30am-10:30am

N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn Prospect Heights COTG
Park Place & Carlton Ave (B/Q trains)
Thursdays 7am-10am N/A N/A
Closed Brooklyn Wilson Ave COTG
Wilson Ave & Moffat St (L Train)
Thursdays 8am-11am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 57th St Greenmarket
57th St & 10th Ave 

Saturdays
Closed for the season

Wednesdays
Closed for the season

8am-1pm

8am-2pm

N/A

N/A
Closed Manhattan 82nd St Greenmarket
82nd St b/t 1st & York
Saturdays 9am-1pm N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 92nd Street Greenmarket
1st Ave b/t 92nd & 93rd Sts

Sundays
Closed for the season

9am-1pm N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 96th St COTG
96th St & Lexington Ave (6 train)

Wednesdays

7:15am-10:30am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 116th St COTG
116th St & Lexington Ave (6 train)

Wednesdays

7:30am-10:30am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 137th St - City College COTG
137th St & Broadway (1 train)

Wednesdays

7:15am-11am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 145th St COTG
145th & Edgecombe (A/B/C/D trains)

Wednesdays

6:30am-10am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 157th St COTG
157th St & Broadway (1 train)

Wednesdays

7am-11am N/A N/A
Closed

Manhattan

175th Street Greenmarket
175th St b/t Broadway & Wadsworth
Thursdays
Closed for the season
8am-2pm N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan 181st St COTG
Ft. Washington Ave & 181st St (NE corner) (A train)

Wednesdays

6:45am-11:15am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Cathedral Parkway (110th St) COTG
110th St & Central Park West (B/C trains)

Wednesdays

6:45am-10:15am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Central Park North (110th St) COTG
110th St, St. Nicholas & Lenox Ave (2/3 trains)

Wednesdays

7am-10:15am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Columbia University Greenmarket
Broadway b/t 114th & 115th Sts

Sundays
Thursdays

8am-1pm
8am-3pm

N/A

N/A
Closed Manhattan Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket
E 47th St & 2nd Ave

Wednesdays

8am-3pm

N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Dyckman St COTG
Dyckman St & Broadway (A train)

Wednesdays

6:30am-11:30am N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Fort Washington Greenmarket
168th St & Ft. Washington Ave

Tuesdays 
Closed for the season

8am-3pm N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Roosevelt Island Farmers Market
Winter: Under the Helix, Main Street & Roosevelt Island Bridge 
Summer: Hope Church, Main St 
Saturdays 9am-1:30pm N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Lenox Hill Fresh Food Box
1st Ave b/t 70th St & 71st St
Tuesdays 3:30pm-6:30pm N/A N/A
Closed Manhattan Tucker Square Greenmarket
66th St at Columbus Ave

Saturdays
Thursdays

8am-1pm
8am-3:30pm

N/A

N/A
Closed Manhattan Uptown Grand Central Fresh Food Box
125th Street at Park Ave
Wednesdays 3pm-7pm N/A N/A
Closed Queens Astoria - Broadway COTG
Broadway & 31st St (N/W Trains) 

Fridays
Starting Dec 13, 2019

7:30am-10:30am N/A N/A
Closed Queens Briarwood COTG
Queens Blvd & Main St (North Side)

Tuesdays 

7:45am-10:45am N/A N/A
Closed Queens Corona Greenmarket
Roosevelt Ave at 103rd St

Fridays
Closed for the season

8am-3pm N/A N/A
Closed Queens Ditmars COTG
31st St b/t 23rd Ave & Ditmars Blvd (N/W Trains)

Fridays
Starting, Dec 13, 2019

8am-11am N/A
 
N/A
Closed Queens

Elmhurst COTG
Broadway b/t 51st Ave & Justice Ave

Tuesdays

7am-10am N/A N/A
Closed Queens Forest Hills Greenmarket
South side of Queens Blvd & 70th Ave

Sundays

8am-2pm N/A N/A
Closed Queens Kew Gardens COTG
Kew Gardens Rd & 81st Ave
Tuesdays 7:30am-10:30am N/A N/A
Closed Queens Rego Park COTG
Queens Blvd & 63rd Dr (SE Corner)
Tuesdays 7:15am-10:15am N/A N/A
Closed Queens Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Ave b/t 42nd & 43rd St
Saturdays 8am-2pm N/A N/A
Closed Staten Island St. George Greenmarket
St. Marks & Hyatt St
Saturdays 8am-1pm N/A N/A
Closed Staten Island Staten Island Mall Greenmarket
Marsh Ave & Ring Road (Parking Lot)
Saturdays
Closed for the season
8am-1pm N/A N/A

Key:
DSNY = NYC Department of Sanitation

LESEC = Lower East Side Ecology Center
QBG = NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden


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 composted locally in partnership with NYC Compost Project host sites and other community partners, including Big Reuse, Earth Matter, Lower East Side Ecology Center, and Queens Botanical Garden.

What can I compost?

  • 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.

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 can I learn more about organics recycling in NYC?
Visit www.nyc.gov/organics to find workshops, guides for indoor and outdoor composting, a listing of community-based drop-off sites and to learn more about DSNY residential Organics Collection Program.

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

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

GrowNYC is facing unprecedented challenges and we need your financial support to keep basic programs going: community gardens, food access sites, composting, and environmental education. Please donate today.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Conservation

    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.

  • Green Space

    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.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.