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 Returns!

GrowNYC ZWS works in partnership with the NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability and the NYC Department of Sanitation to provide waste-related educational programming to all members of a school community including teachers, administrators, students, custodial and cafeteria staff.

We are excited to work with schools in the 2021-2022 school year to help successfully restart Curbside Composting (Organics Collection)! Schools with Curbside Composting can opt to receive additional support from ZWS over a 6-week period.

GrowNYC ZWS will provide each participating school with six weeks of support to ensure they are able to sort mealtime waste in the places where students are eating - cafeterias, classrooms and outdoor spaces. Participating schools will be provided a dedicated Outreach Coordinator who will work collaboratively with administration, staff and students to bolster recycling and composting. 

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.













GrowNYC food access and zero waste programs are currently hiring for multiple seasonal and year-round part-time positions.

  • 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.