NYC Compost Project

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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

Saturday, April 9, 11-12PM
Compost Demonstration Site (near Heritage Farm) | $5 Admission
What is compost? How do I make it? Do I need a bin? Do I need worms? This workshop will introduce you to compost, how it’s made, and what to do with it when it’s done.

NYC COMPOST PROJECT: Feed the Soil, Not the Plants
Saturday, May 14, 11-12PM
Compost Demonstration Site (near Heritage Farm) | $5 Admission
It’s time to get those plants in the ground. Learn how to use compost to address common soil problems and get those seedlings off to a great start.

NYC COMPOST PROJECT: Tea for 2 Billion…Organisms
Saturday, June 11, 11-12PM
Snug Harbor Building P Lobby | $5 Admission
The trouble with compost is that there is never enough. In this workshop, participants learn how to multiply the beneficial organisms found in compost by brewing their own compost tea.


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.

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Master Composter Certificate Course: Apply to the 2016 Staten Island Master Composter Course!



The NYC Compost Project 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. The course requires 18 to 23 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, and 30 hours of compost-related fieldwork. The course covers the following topics:

• Soil, decomposition, and compost science.
• How to design and build a variety of compost systems suitable for urban areas.
• How to start and manage a composting project in your community.
• How to use finished compost.
• Techniques for teaching others about composting.

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2016
Learn more at:
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden Course
Dates: Seven Thursdays from 6 PM-9 PM, April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26
Field Trips: Two trips, (Dates, Times, & Location TBD)
Course Fee: $40 (Limited scholarships available)
Eligibility: Adults 18+, living or working in NYC
Volunteer Requirement: 30 hours of volunteer service on Staten Island

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!













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.