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 here (All workshops are free unless otherwise listed)

Farm & Garden Work Days

First Wednesday of the month @ Heritage Farm
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Third Saturday of the month @ Compost Demonstration Site
10:00 AM – 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: Compost Tea

Saturday, July 8, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Building P Lobby

Compost tea makes the benefits of compost go further! Think making and applying it is too difficult? At Living Soil: Compost Tea on July 8, the NYC Compost Project team will walk you through a simple DIY brewing system that will cost under $25 and give you tips on making and applying compost tea properly. Get ready to transform your gardening game in a big way.

TURN & LEARN Volunteer Workdays

First Wednesdays of the month, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
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.

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.