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.

Food Scrap Drop-Off

We’ll miss you! Due to citywide budget cuts, the last day we will be accepting food scrap drop-offs at Snug Harbor will be December 16, 2023, from dawn until dusk. Starting December 17, drop-offs will be closed.

Leaving bags of organic material left on campus or near the red barn will be considered dumping, which is against our campus guidelines, and this material will not be composted.

Please contact with any questions. Thank you so much for supporting composting and Snug Harbor!

Leaf Bag Giveaway and Dropoff

Due to citywide budget cuts, we will not be distributing leaf bags or collecting full leaf bags, as of December 13, 2023. Thank you for your support!


Food scrap drop-offs are closed for the St. George Greenmarket on Hyatt Street. Thank you for supporting composting!