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NYC Expands Food Waste Drop-Off Locations

Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Vito A. Turso / Belinda Mager

Press Release # 15-41, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The New York City Department of Sanitation is increasing ways for New Yorkers to recycle their household food waste.

In addition to expanding its curbside organic waste recycling program, DSNY is adding 11 new food scrap drop-off locations, and will be opening up 19 more seasonal sites this summer, for a total of 64 sites throughout the city. The drop-off program offers composting opportunities for New Yorkers in neighborhoods or buildings that do not currently receive curbside collection of organic waste.

Compost created through the drop-off program will be distributed to local greening groups such as urban farmers, community gardeners, and street tree stewards to improve soil quality.

“Organic material makes up about a third of our City’s trash. We are excited to be able to provide more opportunities for New Yorkers to recycle their food waste. By increasing the number of food scrap drop-off sites, more organic material can be composted instead of going to landfills,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.”

New Food Waste Drop-Off Sites: Spring 2015.

For a list of all sites, visit:


  • Enchanted Garden - John F. Kennedy HS Campus, W. 230th St and Tibbett Ave: Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Opening: April 29, 2015
  • Bainbridge Avenue Garden, 2980 Bainbridge Ave: Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. Opening: May 7, 2015
  • Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Garden and Compost Site, Mosholu Ave and Broadway: Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


  • Commuter Composting outside 7th Ave B/Q, at Park Place and Carlton Ave: Wednesdays, 8-10 a.m.
  • Commuter Composting outside Franklin Ave 2/3/4/5, at Franklin Ave and Eastern Parkway: Wednesdays, 8-10 a.m.


  • Commuter Composting outside Briarwood E/F, at 8512 Main St: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Commuter Composting outside Fresh Pond Rd M, at Fresh Pond Rd and Putnam Ave: Wednesdays, 8-10 a.m.
  • Commuter Composting outside Kew Gardens E/F, at Kew Gardens Rd between 80 Rd and 81 Ave: Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 a.m.


  • Bakers Square, Hyatt St and Stuyvesant Place: Wednesdays, 7:30-10 a.m.
  • Mariners Harbor Mobile Market, 22 Roxbury St: 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Stapleton Mobile Market, 75 Hill St: 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of 2,022 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 365 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,000 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.