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.



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 718-425-3557.

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.

New York Cares about Compost

Date, Time: Tuesday, August 19, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden while helping to maintain the NYC Compost Project demonstration site! You will learn about mowing cover crops, how mulch helps the landscape, and what inputs can help or hurt a composting operation. Bring a water bottle and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. You will be working with a certified Master Composter, so bring your composting questions as well as your enthusiasm for sustainability! Register with NY Cares here:


Grow to Give Garden Party

Date, Time: Saturday, August 23, 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Conference House Park, Hylan Boulevard & Satterlee Street, Staten Island, NY 10307
Celebrate the garden season at the Grow to Give Garden Party.  This event tailored to gardeners and foodies will feature a crop swap, tool repair tent and garden themed free store.  Meet fellow gardeners, representatives from local community supported agriculture groups, community gardens, food pantries and garden clubs.  The NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will be on hand to answer all your composting questions.


SI Mall GreenMarket

Date, Time: Saturday, August 23, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 2655 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314
Join the NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden at the Staten Island Mall Green Market. The NYC Compost Project will demonstrate how “Red Wiggler” worms transform newspaper and food scraps into compost that can be used to help grow nutritious fruits and vegetables!