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 (All workshops are free unless otherwise listed)

Compost 101: October 8, 11-12PM, Compost Demonstration Site.
An introduction to compost, how it’s made. and what to do with it when it is done.

Pumpkin Smash 2016 (Off-site): November 5, 11-3PM (rain or shine) 
Join us at P.S. 9 (1055 Targee Street) to smash your halloween Jack-o-Lanterns, pumpkins and gourds. The NYC Compost Project will turn them into compost for NYC parks and green space. This fun event includes refreshments, raffles, and more!

Putting Your Garden to Bed: November 12, 11-12PM, Compost Demonstration Site.
Learn how to set up, care for, and harvest vermicompost from a worm bin.

TURN & LEARNS: October 15, November 12 + 19, 1-3PM, Compost Demonstration Site.
Learn sustainable landscape practices. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!




This fall, neighborhoods on Staten Island will receive collection of fall leaves on specific Sundays in November and December; see the schedule here. Residents in these areas should set out their leaves on Saturday evening, the day before their scheduled collection, in either a paper lawn & leaf bag, or in an open, unlined container. DSNY turns the leaves into compost, a natural soil amendment.

As a result, we’re giving away FREE leaf bags!


For more information on Fall Leaf Collection, please 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:

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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.