The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soil,

neighborhood by neighborhood.

Hot Pile Build at Olivet Heavenly Harvest

Sat, December 1 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Olivet Presbyterian Church, 97 Myrtle Ave

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Find out how composting can really heat things up!  Help process 500+ pounds of food scraps collected by GrowNYC from local Greenmarkets at the community garden at Olivet Presbyterian Church at 97 Myrtle Ave in Staten Island.


January 4 – 13, 2019

It’s time to say fir-well! Wrap up the holiday season by saying goodbye to your tree at Mulchfest.  Put on your boots and haul your tree to one of the below locations from January 4-13, 2019. We’ll convert it to mulch and make NYC even greener.

Staten Island Drop Off Locations:

Clove Lakes Park, Conference House Park, Father Macris Park, High Rock Park, Midland Beach Lot #6, Silver Lake Tennis House, Tappen Park, Willowbrook Park, Westerleigh Park, Wolfe’s Pond Park.

Get Your FREE Bag of Mulch!

January 12 -13, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Clove Lakes Park, Conference House Park, Midland Beach Lot #6, Westerleigh Park


Are you a part of a community compost site? We want to hear from you!

A current candidate of our Master Composter certificate program would like to survey Staten Island community gardens about their composting activities.

The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback from fellow composters in order to:

Document the current state of composting in Staten Island community gardens

Understand capabilities and pain points for Staten Island composters

Identify how future Master Composting projects can support community gardens

The results of this survey will also help us plan the spring 2019 Garden Get Together.  As active composters, we are looking for your input to help achieve these goals!

Please use the link below to complete the survey and make every effort to complete the survey by Sunday, December 9.

NYC Urban Soils Institute’s 3rd Annual Urban Soils Symposium: Urban Soils & Remediation Restoration Rehabilitation Regeneration Resilience

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9:00 PM

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan

A YEAR-LONG symposium! The symposium is just the beginning: the start of the conversation and deliberations of the theme of urban soils & remediation, restoration, resilience, rehabilitation, recovery, and regeneration. There are so many unknowns, and we believe we need at least a year to really delve into the known and unknown and go from idea to implementation. Therefore, we decided to continue the symposium through panels/roundtables/workshops and lecture series that will take place once a month throughout 2019 on specific topics or problems.  We will post the workshop themes on our website and discuss them at the symposium. If you have questions or ideas, please let us know!

DSNY Compost Giveback Events

DSNY shares compost with residents! New Yorkers can get compost at Compost Giveback Events around the city. Advance registration is required for all DSNY Compost Giveback Events.

LEARN Enhance your skills and your soil. Join us at a public workshop.

Free composting workshops held at Snug Harbor are on hiatus for the winter season from December 2018 – February 2019.  They will return March 2019.  Stay tuned for more info!


Looking to get your hands dirty? Join us at a volunteer workday!

Learn how to make compost by helping our community partners make compost. Events are rain or shine so dress appropriately.

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

1000 Richmond Terrace

Compost Demonstration Site

Saturday, December 8, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday, January 12, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday, January 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost.

Register at



Help start a new community garden!

Join the Stapleton Community Garden team. Our community partners GreenThumb are hard at work building a new garden on Hill Street. Interested parties should contact GreenThumb Outreach Coordinator Anthony Reuter at



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

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 carried out by DSNY-funded teams hosted by seven partner organizations, including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Big Reuse, Earth Matter NY, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Queens Botanical Garden, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and the New York Botanical Garden.