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.


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.***

Borough President’s Direct Connect

Sunday, January 26, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tottenville High School
100 Luten Ave, Staten Island, NY 10312

Register here

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!


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

Apply here today!

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.


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 [email protected] or call 718-425-3558.