The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soil, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Staten Island Garden Get Together           Saturday, March 3, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Building P LobbyWe  a forum for Staten Island community members to learn more about starting, growing, or joining a community garden.NYC Parks GreenThumb and The NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden have partnered to provide a gathering of community greening organizations and community members to provide information and make connections.RSVP here.


Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Building P Lobby

Let worms convert your food scraps into compost for your plants. Learn how to set-up, care for, harvest and use vermicompost from a worm bin.

One-hour workshops are free but registration is recommended. Register here.

Master Composter Certificate Program

The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Program is an advanced composting course that trains a select group of New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based composting projects across all five boroughs. The course requires 24 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, 30 hours of compost-related fieldwork, and a final project.

The course covers the following topics:
*    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 to 9pmApril 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Field trips: Two field trips (times & locations TBD).
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
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.
Application deadline: March 31, 2018
Application Link: Apply for the Master Composter Certificate Course


We host neighborhood organics drop-off sites and compost the material locally at sites managed by NYC Compost Project staff. Our drop-off sites located at greenmarkets, major public transit stations, public libraries, and other popular locations let residents recycle their waste conveniently.

Bring your food scraps to Snug Harbor!  Drop them off at the Compost Demo Site 7 days a week from dawn until dusk.

Learn what to drop off here


Interested in receiving updates on waste prevention, reuse, and recycling in NYC? Sign up for the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability’s monthly newsletter here.

Want to connect with other compost enthusiasts? Join the NYC Community Composting Google Group here.
Join Common Ground Compost’s Browns Distribution Network
Calling all NYC woodworkers, landscapers, coffee roasters, community composters, gardeners, and more! Do you produce a chemical-free, carbon-rich byproduct (like sawdust, woodchips, or coffee chaff)? Are you a composter looking for locally-produced “waste” materials that can amend your piles and soils? We want to connect you to one another! Please click here for more information, and fill out the form to show your interest in becoming part of NYC’s growing Browns Distribution Network!

Attention Gardeners!

Below please find resources for those who would like to join or start a community garden or are members of existing gardens looking for support.

Garden Get Together Presentation

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Compost Hotline
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 make and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs are implemented by DSNY-funded teams at seven host organizations, including Brooklyn Botanic GardenBuild It Green!NYC,  Earth Matter NYLower East Side Ecology CenterQueens Botanical GardenSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and  The New York Botanical Garden. Learn more: www.nyc.gov/compostproject