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.

Public Food Scrap Drop Off Site Program

The NYC Compost Project Food Scrap Drop-off Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will be accepting food scraps on Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Food scrap dropoff will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020.

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 learn WHERE in the five boroughs you can take it here!

Leaf Collection and Paper Bag Distribution

Pick up a paper bag at Snug Harbor to collect fallen autumn leaves and other organic yard waste, and drop off your bags of leaves at these times. We’ll make them into rich compost for the soil!


  • Thursday, December 3, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 5, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 10, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 17, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

WHERE: Compost Demo Site at Snug Harbor