Compost Food Scraps

COLLECTIONS AT MOST FOOD SCRAP DROP-OFF SITES ARE SUSPENDED. CHECK STATUS BELOW FOR UPDATES.
(Updated 9/14/20)

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.

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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.

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.

Want schedule changes sent to your inbox? Sign up for Food Scrap Drop-Off Alerts for important updates in your borough.  

COLLECTIONS AT MOST FOOD SCRAP DROP-OFF SITES ARE SUSPENDED. CHECK STATUS BELOW FOR UPDATES.
(Updated 9
/14/20)

STATUS BOROUGH LOCATION DAY TIME PARTNER
Open Bronx Fordham Plaza Greenmarket
E Fordham Rd & 3rd Ave
Fridays 8am-11:30am GrowNYC
Open Bronx Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
149th St b/t Park and Morris Aves
Fridays 8am-12pm GrowNYC
Open Brooklyn Bed Stuy Fresh Food Box
Decatur St and Lewis Ave
Saturdays 11am-3pm GrowNYC
Open Brooklyn McCarren Park Greenmarket
N 12th St and Driggs Ave
Saturdays 8am-12pm GrowNYC
Open Manhattan 97th Street Greenmarket
W 97th & Amsterdam
Fridays 8am-12:30pm GrowNYC
Open Manhattan Inwood Greenmarket
Isham b/t Seaman & Cooper
Saturdays 8am-12pm GrowNYC
Open Manhattan Stuy Town Greenmarket
Stuyvesant Town Oval, near 14th Street Loop
Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm LESEC
Open Manhattan Tompkins Square Greenmarket
E 7th St & Ave A
Sundays 9am-5pm LESEC
Open Manhattan Union Square Greenmarket
NE Section of Union Square Park
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat  8am-5pm LESEC
Closed Bronx 161st St - Yankee Stadium COTG
161st St & River Ave (4/B/D train)
Fridays 7:30am-11:30am GrowNYC
Closed Bronx Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket
Grand Concourse & 161st St
Tuesdays
Closed for the season
8am-2pm GrowNYC
Closed Bronx BronxWorks Fresh Food Box
1130 Grand Concourse, lobby

Thursdays

2pm-6pm

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

Tuesdays 
Closed for the season

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

Wednesdays
Closed for the season

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

Wednesdays 
Closed for the season

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

Bronx

Poe Park Greenmarket
Grand Concourse & 192nd St

Tuesdays 
Closed for the season

8am-1:30pm GrowNYC
Closed Bronx

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

Wednesdays 3pm-6:30pm GrowNYC
Closed Brooklyn

462 Halsey Community Farm Fresh Food Box
462 Halsey Street
(Relocates to Mt. Lebanon Fresh Food Box for winter)

Saturdays 
May 4 - Nov 30, 2019

11:30am-2:30pm GrowNYC
Closed Brooklyn

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

Saturdays 
Closed for the season

8am-1pm DSNY
Closed Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Court & Montague

Saturdays
Thursdays

8am-2pm GrowNYC
Earth Matter
Closed Brooklyn Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
Carroll St b/t Smith & Court
Sundays 8am-1pm DSNY
Closed Brooklyn Cortelyou Greenmarket
b/t Argyle & Rugby Rds
Sundays 8am-1pm DSNY
Closed Brooklyn Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Washington Park b/t Willoughby & DeKalb
Saturdays  8am-3pm GrowNYC
Closed Brooklyn Franklin Ave Compost On-the-Go
Franklin Avenue & Eastern Parkway (2/3/4/5 trains)
Tuesdays 7:30am-10:30am GrowNYC
Closed Brooklyn Jefferson St COTG
Wyckoff Ave & Starr St (SE Corner) (L Train)
Thursdays 7:30am-10:30am GrowNYC
Earth Matter
Closed Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
NW corner of Prospect Park
Saturdays 8am-4pm GrowNYC
Earth Matter
Closed Brooklyn

Parkside Plaza COTG
Parkside Ave & Ocean Ave

Thursdays

7:30am-10:30am

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

Saturdays
Closed for the season

Wednesdays
Closed for the season

8am-1pm

8am-2pm

DSNY

GrowNYC

Closed Manhattan 79th St Greenmarket
79th & Columbus
Sundays 9am-1pm DSNY
Closed Manhattan 82nd St Greenmarket
82nd St b/t 1st & York
Saturdays 9am-1pm DSNY
Closed Manhattan 92nd Street Greenmarket
1st Ave b/t 92nd & 93rd Sts

Sundays
Closed for the season

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

Wednesdays

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

Wednesdays

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

Wednesdays

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

Wednesdays

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

Wednesdays

7am-11am DSNY
Closed

Manhattan

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

Wednesdays

6:45am-11:15am DSNY
Closed Manhattan Abingdon Square Greenmarket
W12th St & 8th Ave
Saturdays 8am-1pm DSNY
Closed Manhattan Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway at Battery Place
Tuesdays  8am-2pm Battery
HRP
Closed Manhattan Cathedral Parkway (110th St) COTG
110th St & Central Park West (B/C trains)

Wednesdays

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

Wednesdays

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

Sundays
Thursdays

8am-1pm
8am-3pm

DSNY
GrowNYC

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

Wednesdays

8am-3pm

GrowNYC
Closed Manhattan Dyckman St COTG
Dyckman St & Broadway (A train)

Wednesdays

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

Tuesdays 
Closed for the season

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

Saturdays &
Wednesdays

8am-1pm

DSNY
BPCPC
Closed Manhattan Tucker Square Greenmarket
66th St at Columbus Ave

Saturdays
Thursdays

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

DSNY
GrowNYC

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

Fridays
Starting Dec 13, 2019

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

Tuesdays 

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

Fridays
Closed for the season

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

Fridays
Starting, Dec 13, 2019

8am-11am GrowNYC
 
Closed Queens

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

Tuesdays

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

Sundays

8am-2pm Big Reuse
Closed Queens Jackson Heights Greenmarket
34th Ave b/t 79th & 80th Sts

Sundays

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

Partner Key:
DSNY = NYC Department of Sanitation
GrowNYC = GrowNYC + Community Compost Partners
Big Reuse = NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse
Battery = The Battery Conservancy

BBG = NYC Compost Project hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
BPCPC = Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Earth Matter = NYC Compost Project hosted by Earth Matter
HRP = Hudson River Park Trust
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 and regionally in partnership with NYC Compost Project host sites, the NYC Department of Sanitation, and non-profit community partners.

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.

As New York City and State responds to COVID-19, we want to update you on the steps we are taking--and recommending to you--to maintain GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites as vital community spaces in this time of uncertainty.

  • 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.