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.


***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

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.