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.

Snug Harbor: Food Scrap Drop-Off

The NYC Compost Project Food Scrap Drop-off Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is now accepting food scraps at the following times:

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM at Compost Demo Site

Thursdays: 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM, at Compost Demo Site, as part of Thrive on Thursdays events, June – October 14

Saturdays: 9:00 – 2:30 PM (Gazebo Road, as part of Farm to Family Saturdays events, May – Nov)

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 Bag Drop-Off

From October 30, 2021 – January 2022, bring us your dry fall leaves. They help us make compost! The leaf drop off is located at the south end of the East Parking Lot (P1). Follow signs from the Compost Demonstration Site to pick up leaf bags and drop yours off.

St. George Greenmarket: Food Scrap Drop-Off

Saturdays: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM at St George Greenmarket on St. Marks Place and Hyatt Street

In partnership with GrowNYC, all food scraps collected at the St George Greenmarket and Staten Island Mall Greenmarket will be composted at Snug Harbor. 

For more information about what food scraps are accepted, visit

Staten Island Mall Greenmarket: Food Scrap Drop-Off

Saturdays: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Marsh Ave &, Ring Rd (Commuter Lot behind Macy’s) [map]

Seasonal, from September 4 to December 18: Just like at the St. George Greenmarket, food scrap drop-off operations at the Staten Island Mall Greenmarket are facilitated by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in partnership with GrowNYC, and food scraps collected are turned into useful compost at Snug Harbor’s Heritage Farm.

Curbside composting is back in Autumn 2021

DSNY is bringing back curbside composting this fall – spread the word! Residents will need to sign-up for service starting the first week of August at or by calling 311. Collections in eligible community board districts starts in October. Service will expand monthly on a rolling basis according to demand. 

You can register now to get notified when the sign-up form goes live. Please repost or include in any upcoming newsletters from your office. Learn more here.