Compost and Leaf Bag Distribution

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is giving away FREE compost! Staff will be present to assist in loading up to two (2) 40-pound bags of compost into your vehicle, and lawn and leaf bags (minimum of 5 leaf bags). You must register here to receive compost and arrive at your selected time.

WHEN: November 12, December 3, 17 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Snug Harbor’s P1 parking lot (located by the Red Barn and Tuscan Garden). Cars are suggested to enter from the East Gate off of Fillmore Street.

ADMISSION: FREE. Registration required here. You will not be given compost during this time if you have not registered.

Compost should be used as a soil amendment, not a replacement for soil. The proper ratio to use compost is 10% compost to 90% good soil. Using too much compost can actually harm your plant.

Compost is for NYC residents only. All registrants must show proof of ID upon entry; name on ID must match registration. Only one session registration is allowed per household; multiple-session registration will result in cancellation of all but one session. Businesses and commercial vehicles will not be served. If you are interested in larger volumes of compost, please contact us at or call (718) 425-3520.

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.