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)

Garden Get-Together

Choose the Right Bin for You (NYC Compost Project)

Turn & Learn Compost Work Days (NYC Compost Project)

Turn & Learn Compost Work Days (NYC Compost Project)

Compost Extract (NYC Compost Project)

Compost 101 (NYC Compost Project)


2018 Master Composter Program

Application deadline: March 31, 2018 | Apply here

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 24 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, 30 hours of compost-related fieldwork, and a final project.

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.

Eligibility: Applicants must be NYC residents and be at least 18 years old.
Fee: There is a course material fee of $40; limited scholarships are available.

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, and check out where you can take it below!


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.