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. Part of a larger network of over 200 Food Scrap Drop-off sites in NYC, the GrowNYC Compost Program currently operates 52 food scrap drop-off sites serving 7 thousand regular weekly participants, diverting over 25 tons of food scraps from landfills each week. 

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

You can support our work by donating here.


GROWNYC'S COMPOST PROGRAM IS ENDING DUE TO CITY BUDGET CUTS! 
Please see final days of collections below! 


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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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.

BOROUGH   LOCATION   DAY    COLLECTION SCHEDULES OPERATED BY   PROCESSING SITE  FLYER  
Bronx BronxWorks Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center
1130 Grand Concourse

Thursdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/16/24

9am-1:30pm  GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Bronx Fordham Plaza Food Scrap Drop-off
E Fordham Rd & 3rd Ave

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

8:30am-11:30am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Bronx Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
149th St b/t Park and Morris Aves
Closed for the season  Closed for the season  GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer coming soon
Bronx Morrisania Farmstand
McKinley Square at 169th St & Boston Rd
Thursdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/16/24
8:30am-1pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Bronx Mott Haven Food Scrap Drop-off
541 E 139th St
Thursdays
Final Day of Collections: 04/11/24
8am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Bronx New Roots Community Farm
670 Grand Concourse

Fridays 
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

8am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Bronx Norwood Farmstand
E Gun Hill Rd & Dekalb Ave
Thursdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/16/24
9:30am-2pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Bronx Parkchester Food Scrap Drop-off
Virginia Ave & Hugh Grant Circle

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

7:30am-12:30pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn 7th Ave Sunset Park Greenmarket
7th Ave & 44th St
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
8am-12:30pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Bay Ridge Greenmarket
3rd Ave & 95th Street
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
8am-1pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Bed-Stuy Farmstand
Decatur St and Lewis Ave

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

7am-10:30am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Bensonhurst Greenmarket
18th Ave & 81st St
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
9am-1:30pm GrowNYC Earth Matter NY Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Court St & Montague St
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
7:30am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
Smith St and 1st Pl
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
8am-12pm GrowNYC Earth Matter NY Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Cortelyou Greenmarket
Cortelyou Rd & Rugby Rd
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
9am-1pm GrowNYC Queens Botanical Garden Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Crown Heights Farmstand
Nostrand Ave and Crown St

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

8am-1pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Crown Heights Franklin Ave Food Scrap Drop-off
Eastern Parkway & Franklin Ave

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

8:30am-12:30pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Flatbush Junction Food Scrap Drop-off
Hillel Pl & Flatbush Ave

Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 04/14/24

10am-1:30pm GrowNYC Queens Botanical Garden Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Washington Park & Willoughby Ave
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
8am-1pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Flatbush Ave & Prospect Park W (Prospect Park entrance)

Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
7:30am-3pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Kensington Food Scrap Drop-off
McDonald Ave & Albemarle Rd
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
8:30am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Leif Ericson Park Food Scrap Drop-off
Ft. Hamilton Parkway b/t 66 & 67th Sts.
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
8:30am-12:30pm GrowNYC Earth Matter NY Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn McCarren Park Greenmarket
N 12th St and Driggs Ave
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
8am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Newkirk Ave - Little Haiti Food Scrap Drop-off
Newkirk Ave & Nostrand Ave
Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24
7:30am-1:30pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Brooklyn Wilson Ave Food Scrap Drop-off
Wilson Ave & Moffat St
Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24
7:30am-11am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer  | Last Day Info
Manhattan 58th Street Library Food Scrap Drop-off
E 58th St b/t Park Ave and Lexington Ave
Wednesdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/15/24
7:30am-12:30pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan 79th St Greenmarket
77th St between Columbus Ave & Central Park West
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
9am-3pm GrowNYC Earth Matter NY Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan E 96th Street Food Scrap Drop-off
East 96th St & Lexington Ave

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

7:30am-11am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan 97th Street Greenmarket
W 97th & Amsterdam

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

8am-11:30am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan 145th St Food Scrap Drop-off
145th St & Edgecombe Ave
Thursdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/16/24
8:30am-1pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan 181st Street Food Scrap Drop-off
181st St & Fort Washington Ave

Thursdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/16/24

8am-1:30pm

GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Abingdon Square Greenmarket
W12th St & 8th Ave
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
7:30am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Abyssinian Tot Lot Food Scrap Drop-Off
130 W 139th Street
Saturdays 7:30am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer 
Manhattan Asphalt Green Food Scrap Drop-off
East 91st St & York Ave
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
7:30am-12:30pm GrowNYC Earth Matter NY Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Columbia University Greenmarket
116th St & Broadway
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
8am-12pm GrowNYC Earth Matter NY Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket
E 47th St & 2nd Ave.

Wednesdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/15/24

8am-12:30pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Inwood Greenmarket
Seaman Ave & Isham St (N corner)
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
7:30am-11:30am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Madison Square Park Food Scrap Drop-off
Madison Ave & E 25 Street
Wednesdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/15/24
7:15am-1pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan St. Mary's Harlem
521 West 126th St

Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24

8:30am-12pm

GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Tompkins Square Greenmarket
E 7th St & Ave A
Sundays 8am-5pm LESEC LESEC LESEC 
Manhattan Tribeca Greenmarket
Greenwich St & Duane St
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
8am-11:30am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Tucker Square Greenmarket
66th St & Columbus Ave
Thursdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/16/24

9am-12pm

GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Manhattan Union Square Greenmarket
NE Section of Union Square Park

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

8am-5pm LESEC LESEC LESEC
Queens Commonpoint Queens in partnership with The Forest Hills Green Team
67-09 108th St, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Sundays

10am-1pm Forest Hills Green Team Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer N/A
Queens Corona Food Scrap Drop-off
Roosevelt Ave & 103 St

Permanently Closed

N/A N/A N/A Visit nyc.gov/compost for alternative options
Queens Forest Hills Greenmarket
70th Ave & Austin St
Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
9am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Queens Jackson Heights Greenmarket
79th St and Northern Blvd

Sundays
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24

7:30am-2pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Queens Kew Gardens Food Scrap Drop-off
Metropolitan Ave & Audley St
Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24
9am-12pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Queens Ridgewood Food Scrap Drop-off 
Myrtle Ave & Cypress Ave
Fridays
Final Day of Collections: 05/17/24
8am-11:30am GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Queens Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Ave & 42nd St
Saturdays
Final Day of Collections: 05/18/24
9am-1pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info
Queens Terraza 7 Food Scrap Drop-off
40-19 Gleane St
Sundays 
Final Day of Collections: 05/19/24
8am-1:30pm GrowNYC Staten Island Compost Facility Flyer | Last Day Info

 

Key:
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, plastics, twist ties, rubber bands, receipts, insect-infested plants, vines, excavated soil.

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

The report highlights GrowNYC’s work to provide New Yorkers with solutions and opportunities to live a more sustainable life and accelerate climate action.