Zero Waste Schools

GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Schools Program (ZWS) has helped NYC public schools create effective recycling programs since 2010. In that time, we have worked with over 500 schools and seen first-hand the real change that can happen when all members of the school community work together to make a difference. NYC schools can have a huge impact and help our city achieve Zero Waste by 2030!

Curbside Composting Expansion!

GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Schools will support  public schools in the
Bronx as they transition from traditional collection service to DSNY’s Curbside
Composting (CC) collection by providing on-the-ground assistance to school
adminstrators, faculty, staff and students. Through training building staff and
educating school stakeholders, ZWS outreach team will work to build the capacity of
CC schools to develop sustainable compost and recycling programs.


In addition to direct support, useful waste education resources including ZWS's own materials created with or in response to the needs of the NYC K-12 community, are availalbe below.













Due to air quality conditions, GrowNYC outdoor programming sites have been adjusted. Greenmarkets will be open on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11. All compost sites will be closed on Saturday, June 10, except Union Square Greenmarket.

  • 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.

  • Zero Waste

    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 gardens and urban farms 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.