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.
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 50 food scrap drop-off sites serving 7 thousand regular weekly participants, diverting over 25 tons of food scraps from landfills each week.
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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||FLYER|
|Bronx||BronxWorks Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center
1130 Grand Concourse
|Thursdays||10am-1pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Bronx||Community Access - Davidson Avenue
1750 Davidson Ave
|Thursdays||8:30am-1pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Bronx||Fordham Plaza Food Scrap Drop-off
E Fordham Rd & 3rd Ave
|Fridays||8am-11:30am||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Bronx||Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
149th St b/t Park and Morris Aves
|Closed for the season. Alt. drop-off at New Roots Community Farm||8am-12pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer coming soon|
|Bronx||Montefiore's Bronx Health Collective
871 Prospect Ave
|Fridays||11am-2pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer coming soon|
|Bronx||Morrisania Food Scrap Drop-off
McKinley Square at 169th St & Boston Rd
|Wednesdays||10am-1pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Bronx||Mott Haven Food Scrap Drop-off
545 East 142nd Street
|Wednesdays||9am-12pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Bronx||New Roots Community Farm
670 Grand Concourse
|Fridays||8am-12pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
E Gun Hill Rd & Dekalb Ave
|Thursdays||9am-2pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Bronx||Parkchester Food Scrap Drop-off
Westchester Ave & White Plains Rd
|Fridays||8am-12pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Brooklyn||7th Ave Sunset Park Greenmarket
7th Ave & 44th St
|Brooklyn||Bay Ridge Food Scrap Drop-off
3rd Ave & 95th Street
|Brooklyn||Bed-Stuy Fresh Food Box
Decatur St and Lewis Ave
|Saturdays||11am-3pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Brooklyn||Bensonhurst Food Scrap Drop-off
18th Ave & 81st St
|Brooklyn||Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Court St & Montague St
|Brooklyn||Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
Smith St and 1st Pl
Argyle Rd and Cortelyou Rd
|Brooklyn||Crown Heights Farmstand
Nostrand Ave and Crown St
|Fridays||9am-2pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Brooklyn||Crown Heights Franklin Ave Food Scrap Drop-off
Eastern Parkway & Franklin Ave
|Brooklyn||Cypress Hills Food Scrap Drop-off
Fulton St & Richmond St
|Brooklyn||Flatbush Junction Food Scrap Drop-off
Hillel Pl & Flatbush Ave
|Brooklyn||Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Washington Park & Myrtle Ave
|Saturdays||9am-2pm||GrowNYC||Big Reuse & WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Brooklyn||Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Flatbush Ave & Prospect Park W (Prospect Park entrance)
|Saturdays||8am-3pm||GrowNYC||DSNY & WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Brooklyn||Kensington Food Scrap Drop-off
McDonald Ave & Albemarle Rd
|Brooklyn||McCarren Park Greenmarket
N 12th St and Driggs Ave
|Saturdays||8am-12pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Brooklyn||Prospect Heights Food Scrap Drop-off
Park Place & Carlton Ave
|Brooklyn||Wilson Ave Food Scrap Drop-off
Wilson Ave & Moffat St
|Thursdays||9am-1pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Manhattan||79th St Greenmarket
77th St between Columbus Ave & Central Park West
|Manhattan||E 96th Street Food Scrap Drop-off
East 96th St & Lexington Ave
|Fridays||7:30am-11:30am||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Manhattan||97th Street Greenmarket
W 97th & Amsterdam
|Fridays||8am-12:30pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Manhattan||145th St Food Scrap Drop-off
145th St & Edgecombe Ave
|Thursdays||7:30am-12pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Manhattan||181st Street Food Scrap Drop-off
181st St & Fort Washington Ave
|Thursdays||8am-12:30pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Manhattan||Abingdon Square Greenmarket
W12th St & 8th Ave
|Manhattan||Abyssianinan Tot Lot Food Scrap Drop-Off
130 W 139th Street
*NEW* Starting 01/21/23!
|8am-12:30pm||GrowNYC||Big Reuse / Malcom X Blvd Beautification Group||Flyer|
|Manhattan||Asphalt Green Food Scrap Drop-off
East 91st St & York Ave
|Sundays||7:30am-12:30pm||GrowNYC||Big Reuse & Earth Matter||Flyer|
|Manhattan||Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway at Battery Place
|Tuesdays||8am-11am||Earth Matter||Earth Matter||Flyer coming soon|
|Manhattan||Columbia University Greenmarket
116th St & Broadway
|Sundays||8am-12pm||GrowNYC||Big Reuse & Earth Matter||Flyer|
|Manhattan||Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket
E. 47th St. and 2nd Ave.
|Wednesdays||8am-12:30pm||GrowNYC||DSNY||Flyer coming soon|
Seaman Ave & Isham St (N corner)
|Manhattan||Madison Square Park Food Scrap Drop-off
23rd St & Broadway
|Wednesdays||8am-1pm||GrowNYC||DSNY||Flyer coming soon|
|Manhattan||St. Mary's Harlem
521 West 126th St
|Fridays||8:30am-12:30pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Manhattan||Tompkins Square Greenmarket
E 7th St & Ave A
|Sundays||9am-5pm||LESEC||LESEC||Flyer coming soon|
Greenwich St & Duane St
|Manhattan||Tucker Square Greenmarket
66th St & Columbus Ave
|Thursdays||8am-11am||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Manhattan||Union Square Greenmarket
NE Section of Union Square Park
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
|8am-5pm||LESEC||LESEC||Flyer coming soon|
|Manhattan||Uptown Grand Central Fresh Food Box
125th St & Park Ave
|Wednesdays||2pm-7pm||Uptown Grand Central||Earth Matter||Flyer coming soon|
|Queens||College Point Food Scrap Drop-off
College Point Blvd & 14th Ave
|8:30am-1pm||Coastal Preservation Network||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Queens||Commonpoint Queens in partnership with The Forest Hills Green Team
67-09 108th St, Forest Hills, NY 11375
|10am-1pm||Forest Hills Green Team||DSNY||Flyer|
|Queens||Corona Food Scrap Drop-off
Roosevelt Ave & 103 St
|Fridays||8am-1:30pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Queens||Forest Hills Greenmarket
70th Ave & Austin St
|Queens||Jackson Heights Greenmarket
79th St and Northern Blvd
|Queens||Kew Gardens Food Scrap Drop-off
Metropolitan Ave & Audley St
|Thursdays||9:30am-12:30pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Queens||Office of Assemblymember Anderson
131-17 Rockaway Boulevard
|Tuesdays & Wednesdays||12pm-4pm||Office of Assemblymember Anderson||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer coming soon|
|Queens||Ridgewood Food Scrap Drop-off
Myrtle Ave & Cypress Ave
|Saturdays||9:30am-1:30pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
Skillman Ave & 42nd St
|Saturdays||9am-1pm||GrowNYC||WM CORe / Newtown Creek WWTP||Flyer|
|Staten Island||St. George Greenmarket
St. Marks & Hyatt St
|Saturdays||8am-1pm||Snug Harbor||Snug Harbor||Flyer coming soon|
Staten Island Mall Greenmarket
Closed for the season.
|8:30am-12:30pm||Snug Harbor||Snug Harbor||Flyer coming soon|
DSNY = NYC Department of Sanitation
LESEC = Lower East Side Ecology Center
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 Center, Queens 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 & DSNY Food Scrap Drop-off Program is a partnership between the City of New York, the NYC Department of Sanitation, GrowNYC, and community partners.