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.

Pumpkin Smash

Bring pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and gourds for a smashing good time! You smash them and the NYC Compost Project will turn them into compost for City parks and green spaces. Join us for music, games, bouncy-houses*, arts & crafts, chili cook-off*, food vendors*, face painting*, community organizations, candy bring back and more!

Admission is FREE (*additional charges apply)

November 2, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

PS 9, Naples St Elementary School – 1055 Targee St

***This event is for current and past Master Composter Course students to earn credit supervised hours.***

Turn & Learn Compost Work Days

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!

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 or call 718-425-3558.