Zero Waste Programs

Since 2007, GrowNYC has operated zero waste programs funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation, educating tens of thousands of city residents and property owners about conservation and providing hands-on resources any New Yorker can participate in like composting, clothing collections, free reuse events, and more.

Due to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, much of our programming was suspended or cancelled in March 2020.  With some funding restored, we are thrilled to bring back our extensive network of food scrap drop-off sites and clothing collections, and we've set an ambitious goal to host a Stop ‘N’ Swap® reuse event to each of NYC’s 59 community districts.

 

Save the date for one of our most beloved annual events, the Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village, as part of Cider Week New York. 

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    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.

  • 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.