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
Wednesday, April 5, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Third Saturday of the month @ Compost Demonstration Site
Saturday, April 15, 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.

Soil Reboot: Compost Extract

Saturday, April 8, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Compost Demonstration Site

Learn how to make a little compost go a long way! Let us introduce you to the many easy ways to support soil life and plant health with compost. Spring is a great time to jump start soil activity with an injection of microorganisms that build soil structure and convert locked soil nutrients into plant-accessible food. You will walk away confident in your ability to make and apply a simple compost extract solution with just a handful of compost.

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.

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.