NYC Compost Project


NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation in 1993, provides compost education and outreach to NYC residents, community groups, city agencies and non-profits. The NYC Compost Project offers compost-related workshops and classes, runs the Master Composter Certificate Program, provides technical composting support, distributes DSNY compost & mulch, develops urban farms, and tables at public events throughout all five boroughs. The NYC Compost Project also operates neighborhood-based food scrap drop-off opportunities and ensures that those food scraps are composted locally.


New Survey: Help us pick the next Food Scrap Drop-off site on Staten Island!

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The NYC Compost Project at Snug Harbor hosts neighborhood food scrap drop-off sites, and composts the material locally at community sites. We are expanding the number of sites on Staten Island. Please help us choose the best location by clicking the survey button below. This brief survey will help determine the next drop-off site on Staten Island!



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Are you a Teacher, Community Gardener, Landscaper, Camp Director, or Community Group Member interested in composting?NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden can provide your class, staff, or group with a comprehensive, engaging and rewarding workshop on composting. Our workshops are uniquely tailored for you and your audience. Classes can be provided at Snug Harbor or we can visit you.

There is a $25 fee for group workshops (maximum # of participants is 25). You can also host a workshop open to the public, the fee for a public workshops is $5 per participant.  Fees are used to cover the costs of demonstrational materials and informational handouts.

For more information and to arrange a workshop please email us at or call 718-425-3558.

Master Composter Certificate Course

This comprehensive train-the-trainer course is designed to promote the practice of composting in homes, schools, and community gardens on Staten Island.  The program is held at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in the spring and consists of seven Thursday evening classes, two off-site field trips, and 30 hours of Staten Island based volunteer outreach service in compost education and promotion. Course material fee is $40; limited scholarships are available. Visit the Master Composter Certificate course page to apply and obtain details.