Zero Waste Programs funded by NYC Department of Sanitation

Important Notice on the Suspension of GrowNYC’s Recycling Programs

We work to increase participation in New York City’s zero waste initiatives with workshops for residents and supers, community events centered on education, weekly collections for food scraps and clothing, Stop ‘N’ Swap® community reuse events, and more.

How Can We Help You?

I want to know what to recycle

  • Email with your specific questions and we will do what we can to help
  • Click HERE for NYC recycling information

I want to recycle clothing & textiles

  • Click HERE to find a clothing collection

I want to compost my food scraps

  • Click HERE to find a GrowNYC food scrap dropoff or other compost resources

I want to find a recycling event

  • Click HERE for a listing of upcoming electronics collections, shredding events, hazardous waste collections, and more.

I want to attend a Stop ‘N’ Swap

  • Click HERE to find a swap near you

I want to receive a monthly e-mail about upcoming events

  • Click HERE to sign up for monthly event notifications


On this day 50 years ago, 20 million people across the country joined together to fight for a better future for our environment in what became the first Earth Day. The Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC), now GrowNYC, was born out of the spirit of that day in 1970. 

  • 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.