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.


Register for upcoming compost project events here (All workshops are free unless otherwise listed)

Dirt on the Lens

Saturday, March 4, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Building P Lobby

Dirt on the Lens is a green film series focused on unique, informative, and entertaining films about the interconnections between soil, agriculture, ecosystem sustainability, and human health. Join us for our first screening of the year! Our main feature, The Greening of Cuba, takes a closer look at the largest conversion from industrial to organic agriculture in recent history. The event is free, but seating is limited.

Farm & Garden Work Days

First Wednesday of the month @ Heritage Farm
Wednesday, March 1, 9:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Third Saturday of the month @ Compost Demonstration Garden
Saturday, March 18, 10:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Cultivate an intimate understanding of the interconnections between soil, plants, and human health by working directly with the land. We’ll be getting our hands and knees dirty with tasks that include soil care, weeding, planting, bed preparation, composting, etc. You can find us at the Compost Demonstration Garden on Saturdays and the Heritage Farm on Wednesdays. Bring a water bottle, sun hat, closed toe shoes, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Living Soil:  Healthy Seed Start

Saturday, March 11, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Compost Demonstration Site

The start of a plant’s life can set the groundwork for the rest of its life. Learn how to care for plants grown from seed and the critical role propagation medium, compost, and cultural conditions play in giving plants their best chance at a healthy life. Walk away with strategies for managing seedling growth from germination through transplanting.

TURN & LEARN Volunteer Workdays

First Wednesdays, Second and Third Saturdays of the Month, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Compost Demonstration Site

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working with the NYC Compost Project. Learn sustainable landscape management practices and help us make compost. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.






Garden Get Together

Saturday, February 25, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building P Lobby

Whether you’re looking to join or start a community garden or are a member of an existing garden looking for support, this event is for you.  The NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and GreenThumb have partnered to provide a forum for organizations who support gardens to introduce themselves and provide information.

Guest Speakers

  • Mara Dawn Kravitz, 596 Acres
  • Shawn Whitehorn, Citizens Committee
  • Elizabeth Nicholls, Greenbelt Conservancy
  • Anthony Reuter, GreenThumb
  • Arielle Hartman and Rasheed Hislop, Grow to Learn
  • Lenny Librizzi, GrowNYC
  • Kelly Morris, Joe Holzka Community Garden
  • Flynn Ferguson, Living Restoration
  • Barbara Tanzosh, Moravian Community Garden
  • Jeremy LaPointe, Greenbelt Native Plant Center
  • Steven Alihonou, New York Cares
  • Aziz Dehkan, New York City Community Garden Coalition
  • Carol Hooper, NYC Compost Project
  • ​Lindsay Sierra, Partnership for Parks
  • Deb Walters, PS 9 School Garden
  • Jody Stoll, SI Partnership for Community Wellness
  • Susan Fowler, Staten Island Hunger Task Force
  • Tatiana Morin, Urban Soils Institute
  • Gabriel Ekomoni, West Brighton Community Garden

The event is free, but seating is limited.  Register here.


Master Composter Certificate Course

Thursdays, April 13 – June 1, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Course Fee:  $40 (limited scholarships available)

The NYC Compost Master Composter Certificate Program is an advanced composting course that trains a select group of New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based composting projects across all five boroughs. Applications are due March 31, 2017. For more information and to apply click here.

 Monthly Local Organics Recovery Program (LORP)

Food scraps can be turned into useful compost that helps make NYC green. You can take food waste for composting to drop-off sites located throughout the five boroughs. Learn what to drop off here.

Staten Island monthly drop-off schedule:


Are you a Teacher, Community Gardener, or Community Group Member interested in composting? The 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 come to your location.
For more information on the workshops we provide and how to schedule with us, please email us at or call 718-425-3558.