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Community Compost Sites and Urban Farms

Compost Sites

DSNY funds medium-scale compost sites that process organic waste collected at food scrap drop-off sites and public events in the City. Contact any of these sites to take a tour or to volunteer:

NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse (Queens) is the largest urban composting operation in the City, with a covered windrow under the Queensborough Bridge.

NYC Compost Project hosted by Earth Matter NY operates the Compost Learning Center, featuring a large, solar-powered aerated windrow composting system, as well as an exhibit of smaller-scale composting operations.

Lower East Side Ecology Center (Manhattan) is the oldest community composting operation of its scale in NYC, featuring an operation that combines in-vessel composting and vermicomposting systems to produce high-quality finished compost. This work is partially funded through the NYC Compost Project.

NYC Compost Project hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden runs the compost site at Red Hook Community Farm (Brooklyn), the largest entirely hand-turned, solar-powered community composting operation in NYC.

Urban Farms

NYC Compost Project supports and works closely with many of NYC’s urban farms to provide communities with fresh food grown in soil nourished by compost produced locally. By growing food and composting food scraps locally, these farms demonstrate closed-loop models of food production and food recycling that can be replicated in urban settings across the country. Contact the farms to visit or to volunteer:

QBG Farm at Queens Botanical Garden (Queens)

Red Hook Community Farm (Brooklyn)

Heritage Farm at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Staten Island)

Small-Scale Demonstration Sites

Located within the City’s botanical gardens, NYC Compost Project demonstration sites exhibit various compost systems suitable for residential backyards, schools, and community gardens:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn)

The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)

Queens Botanical Garden (Queens)

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (Staten Island)

Community Compost Sites

Get involved or tour a community compost site near you. See a directory of community compost sites in NYC (PDF).