Follow these steps towards becoming more environmentally conscious at home.

Step 4:

Compost!

If you can’t find another way to use your food scraps, then it's time to look into composting! Composting is the process through which you can turn your food scraps into nutrient-rich  soil for new plants and vegetation to thrive in -- talk about full circle! Find out how you can create compost at home, through a food scrap drop-off site, or discover the people in your community who are already composting.
NYC Department of Sanitation supports  drop-offs locations where you can bring your food and yard waste. Check the map to find your closest location.

You can find a private hauler to pick up and transport your food scraps to a composting facility, or make your very own composting bin powered by worms!

Drop-off Composting Sites

Drop-off Composting Sites

Drop-off composting is one way residents can put their food and yard waste to good use, instead of being sent to a landfill. Visit our map below to find your closest site and start composting!

DSNY Drop Off Composting Map

NYC Micro Haulers & Processors Trade Association

Micro-hauling; Composting; Private Hauling; Education

The NYC Microhaulers and Processors Trade Association (MPTA) is a coalition of New York City small business enterprises recovering and processing food scraps and organic material locally to reduce waste destined for landfills. Our collective goals include reducing the carbon footprints of our communities, improving transparency between waste generators and organics collectors, decentralizing waste collection through routing efficiency, localizing the reuse of waste as a resource, developing local and accessible economic opportunities, and providing education and advocacy.

microhaulers.org

Ecofairy LLC

Composting; Private Hauling

The Ecofairy transforms food waste into rich and ripe fertilizer within 24 hours or less. We are encouraging people to reduce their waste, reduce costs and reduce impact.

515 Madison Avenue - New York, NY 10022

917-512-5317theecofairy.com

Vokashi, Inc.

Micro-hauling, Composting, Private Hauling

Unique compost collection service using the Japanese method of fermentation, Vokashi helps households and small offices with kitchenettes or pantries manage their food scraps. We provide the EM-1(R) inoculated bran that begins the fermentation process and allows us to collect all food scraps including meats, dairy, bones - in fact the entire urban diet. And Vokashi processes all of the material it collects in unique pits and trenches which allows us to use unique green spaces like golf courses for composting.

380 Classon Ave #1, Brooklyn, NY 11238

718-623-1911vokashi.com

EcoRich Composting Solutions

Composting; Private Hauling

EcoRich provides on-site in-vessel food waste to composting solutions. Our services include installation, after-sale service, and compost pick up in the tri-state area. We have machines for everything from coffee shops, to apartment buildings, to the food processing plant.

94 East Dewey Ave, Wharton NJ 07885

973-453-1263ecorichenv.com

Prospect Farm

Composting; Farming / Community Gardening

The Prospect Farm is a non-profit, cooperative project in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, that is working together to grow food in a formerly vacant lot, owned by Tom Angotti and Emma Matos, with the mission toward creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm that can serve our community. Since March 2010 Prospect Farm has been a community project development toward producing healthy local food as an alternative to industrial food. Our objective is diversity in food production and membership. We are slowly creating healthy soil through our community composting project and farm without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Prospect Farm is a community association with membership open to all. Members improve and farm the land and sustain ties with local residents, businesses and organizations. We support the Brooklyn Food Coalition and other initiatives for food sovereignty and food justice.

1194 Prospect Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11218

prospectfarm.org

Q Gardens

Composting; Farming / Community Gardening

Q Gardens Community Farm (“Q Gardens”) consists of a group of neighbors in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, NY, who have joined to convert an unused lot into a productive and welcoming community garden. Our mission is to convert a formerly unused lot into a beautiful, productive community garden that provides: a welcoming, public green space that is open at least 10 hours each week; a local source of fresh, pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs; a space for children and adults to learn about and actively participate in gardening, composting, and sustainability projects; a community composting site for diverting food waste from landfills and producing nutrient-rich compost; and a space for building community, connecting with nature, and hosting arts and cultural events.

58 E 18th St, New York, 11226

qgardenscf.com

NYC Compost Project at the Lower East Side Ecology Center

Composting; Farming / Community Gardening

The LES Ecology Center (Ecology Center) has pioneered community-based models in urban sustainability since 1987. We provide unique e-waste and composting services, environmental stewardship opportunities, and educational programming to all New Yorkers who want to learn about environmental issues and take responsibility for creating solutions through action.

East River Park Promenade, at Grand St., New York, NY 10002

212-477-4022lesecologycenter.org

NYC Compost Project at Earth Matter NY

Micro-hauling; Food Redistribution; Composting; Farming / Community Gardening; Consulting

Earth Matter NY Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, and application of composting in and around New York City. Earth Matter NY accepts and processes food waste generated by NYC residents, including through a partnership with DSNY’s NYC Compost Project. Through a partnership with The Trust for Governors Island, we process all of the landscape waste and food waste generated by island partners and visitors of Governors Island.

179 Rivington Street #4A, New York, NY 10002

917-447-7256earthmatter.org

BK ROT

Micro-hauling; Composting; Drop-off Composting Site; Education; Consulting; Law / Advocacy

BK ROT is a Bushwick-based, community centered, closed loop, fossil fuel-free approach to food waste, powered by youth. Youth collect residential and commercial organic waste by bike and from our public drop off, and transform it into compost. Through composting, we uplift youth of color, restore green spaces and model a regenerative economy.

1278 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

904-579-1278bkrot.org

Common Ground Compost

Micro-hauling, Composting, Drop-off Composting Site, Education, Consulting, Zero Waste Events

Common Ground Compost is a zero waste services company, specializing in program and infrastructure design, diversion, analytics, and system implementation. Our divisions include Reclaimed Organics and Office Composting, providing food scrap collection service in Manhattan for residents, offices and businesses; and Waste in the Community, our environmental equity, justice, advocacy and education department. We are also active in #SaveOurCompost and the NYC MicroHauler and Processors Trade Association.

34 3rd Ave, #173, NY, NY 10003

929-229-5810commongroundcompost.com

NYC Compost Project Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Community Composting

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild city soils by giving New Yorkers the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost. The project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. This team focuses its work in Brooklyn and provides education, outreach, technical support, and volunteer opportunities to NYC residents.

Visit BBG’s Composting Exhibit, located near the Children's Garden, to see a variety of compost bins, organic materials in different stages of decomposition, and signs explaining the composting process.

990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

718-623-7290bbg.org/compost

NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse

Community Composting

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse is part of a community-scale composting network that works to rebuild our soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. Big Reuse operates 2 DEC-registered compost sites in Queens and Brooklyn, runs a large network of public food scrap drop-off sites, supports community managed food scrap drop-off sites with hauling, and provides outreach and education to NYC residents.

ONE 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

718-725-8925 x2bigreuse.org/compost

NYC Compost Project

Community Composting and At Home/Backyard Composting

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs are carried out by teams of DSNY-funded staff at seven partner organizations: Big Reuse, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Earth Matter NY, LES Ecology Center, The New York Botanical Garden, Queens Botanical Garden, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

For more information visit: nyc.gov/compostproject
View educational brochures and tip sheets: makecompost.nyc/makecompost

nyc.gov/compostproject

NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Community Composting

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild city soils by giving New Yorkers the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost. The project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. This team focuses its work in Staten Island and provides education, outreach, technical support, and volunteer opportunities to NYC residents. This team also operates a compost site and food scrap drop-off sites.

1000 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301

718-425-3558snug-harbor.org/compost

NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Community Composting

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild city soils by giving New Yorkers the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost. The project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. This team focuses its work in Queens and provides education, outreach, technical support, and volunteer opportunities to NYC residents. This team also operates a compost site and food scrap drop-off sites.

43-50 Main Street Flushing, NY 11355

718-539-5296queensbotanical.org/compost

NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden

Community Composting

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild City soils by giving New Yorkers the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. This team focuses its work in the Bronx and provides education, outreach, technical support, and volunteer opportunities to NYC residents.

2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10458

718-817-8543nybg.org/compost