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.


Upcoming Events

All workshops are free unless otherwise listed.

Richmond County Fair

We will be tabling at the Richmond County Fair! New York City’s only such event, the Fair is a public community event exhibiting the local agricultural products, recreation activities, games and competitions reflecting the county’s community. 

Saturday, August 31, 12:00-6:00 PM 

Historic Richmond Town (441 Clarke Avenue)

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Cover Crop Exhibit Reset

Come help reset our cover crop exhibit for the fall and get supervised volunteer hours! We will also be discussing the importance and benefits of cover crops.  

September 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Compost Demonstration Site at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (1000 Richmond Terrace)

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Discovery Day

We are calling on MCs to table at Discovery Day. Experience the unique landscape and spectacular views the landfill-to-park project has to offer! This free event is a special opportunity to spend an afternoon exploring normally closed areas of the future park. 

Sunday, September 15, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Freshkills Park (350 Wild Avenue)

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Lighthouse Point Fest

Help spread awareness of composting and table at Lighthouse Point Fest! The event will also feature live bands, food vendors, crafts, face painting, and more.

Saturday, September 28, 12:00-6:00 PM

200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point 

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Staten Island Health and Wellness Expo

Join us in tabling at the Staten Island Health & Wellness Expo! This is a day long event showcasing seminars, exhibitors, panel discussions, medical screenings and fitness demonstrations that are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 3, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Avenue 

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Councilwoman Debi Rose’s Community Fair

Help us table at this community event! There will be music, giveaways, zoo animals, live performances, face painting, and a pet parade. 

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Tappen Park, intersection of Bay Street, Water Street and Canal Street

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Harvest Festival

Share your composting knowledge with others while tabling with us! This event will feature many family‐friendly activities: pumpkin carving and painting, scarecrow building, apple bobbing, live music, trick‐or‐treating with local environmental organizations, face‐painting, snacks, games, family photos, and crafts.

Saturday, October 19, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Clay Pit Ponds State Park (2351 Veterans Road West)

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Freshkills Open House

Sunday, October 20, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

DSNY Staten Island Compost Facility, Freshkills Park (600 West Service Road)

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Halloween Festival

Feeling festive? Get your supervised hours and celebrate Halloween all at once! We will be distributing information to the public about how they can compost their pumpkins and food scraps. The event will also feature a free pumpkin patch for children, facepainting, pie-eating contests, and crafts! 

Sunday, October 27, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Ocean Breeze Park, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. 

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***


Turn & Learn Compost Work Days


Public Food Scrap Drop Off Site Program

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!


Learn How to Compost

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 are provided at Snug Harbor. Fill out this form to get started (check Compost Demo Site Tour and/or NYC Compost Project Workshop on the form).

For more information on the workshops we provide and how to schedule with us, please email us at compost@snug-harbor.org or call 718-425-3558.