Compost your food scraps and yard waste!

Food scraps, food soiled paper, and yard waste break down over time to create compost. Compost provides nutrients to plants and is used in community gardens, on trees, and in parks to help grown healthy plants.

In NYC, residents have many ways to compost, including our back yard and at-home composting, drop-off and community composting, and neighborhood specific curbside composting.


Curbside Composting

Curbside composting is DSNY’s recycling service for food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste. Just like traditional recycling of paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic, residents separate these items and put them in brown bins that we provide.  Food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste are collected weekly and turned into compost and clean energy.

Areas with curbside composting service can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Replace your Bin

If your bin is lost or stolen and you already receive curbside composting collection, you may qualify to receive a replacement bin or repair an old one, which can be picked up from one of our Borough Offices. Bin pick-ups are available from 8 AM to 4 PM every Friday and Saturday. Submit a brown bin replacement request here.


Enroll Your Apartment Building

If you live in an apartment building (10+ units) OR along a commercial block, your building must enroll to receive free brown bins. Submit a request here.


Drop-Off Composting

You can take your food scraps to drop-off sites located throughout the five boroughs of NYC to be composted locally! Items accepted depend on the drop-off site, so be sure to check the complete listing here.

Food scrap drop-off sites are in public spaces.

Please note: site schedules are subject to change. In cases of severe weather or holidays, food scrap drop-off sites may be closed early or canceled. Some food scrap drop-off sites do not accept fall leaves.

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Community Composting

Community composting entails composting in a site within a neighborhood. This could be a community garden, a school, or an park. Learn more about becoming involved with community composting here.

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Back Yard and At-Home Composting

Compost at home using an indoor wormbin or in your backyard. Not only is it a great way to keep all of the finish compost yourself, but you get to witness the process while doing so.

Composting workshops are offered throughout the year in each borough, covering topics like indoor and outdoor composting, sustainable gardening and lawn care, and caring for street trees. Contact the NYC Compost Project team in your borough for information and schedules here.

Purchase and pick up a NYC Compost Project compost bins or other equipment here.