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.
All workshops are free unless otherwise listed.
***To prevent the impact of COVID-19 in our community, The NYC Compost Project Food Scrap Drop-off Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will be closed until further notice, effective Friday, March 20, 3:00 PM. Public events held with the NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor are cancelled until further notice. Learn more here. We apologize for the inconvenience.***
Turn & Learn Compost Work Days
Master Composter Volunteer Opportunities
***These events are for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***
No events scheduled at this time.
Public Food Scrap Drop Off Site Program
To prevent the impact of COVID-19 in our community, The NYC Compost Project Food Scrap Drop-off Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will be closed until further notice, effective Friday, March 20, 3:00 PM.
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!
Master Composter Certificate Program: Applications Now Open
The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Program is a train-the-trainer course designed to equip New Yorkers with the knowledge and skills to build support for and participation in home, community, and citywide compositing initiatives. The course requires:
- 24 hours of classroom instruction
- 2 field trips
- 30 hours of compost-related fieldwork
- Final project
The Master Composter course covers topics in 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.
Class Dates and Times: Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm, April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7,14, 21, 28, 2020
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2020
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.