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Food Scraps + Yard Waste

Food scraps, spoiled food, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings and plants – collectively known as organics or organic waste – comprise almost one-third of the waste that the NYC Department of Sanitation collects.

Instead of throwing away organic waste as garbage, separate it for composting so it can enrich our environment, not damage it.

Curbside Collection

Neighborhoods served

How to use the brown bin

How to get organics collection service

Find your collection schedule

Brown bin replacement request

Share a bin!

Food Scrap Drop-Off

Map of NYC Food Scrap Drop-Off Sites

What food scraps to drop off

Community Composting

NYC Compost Project

Educational materials

Public workshops + Master Composter Certificate Course

Purchase a backyard compost bin (PDF)

Join our network of community compost sites

Volunteer or visit a compost site or urban farm

Contact the NYC Compost Project

2014 Community Composting Report

Other Organics Programs

Fall Leaf Collection

Christmas Trees

Wood Debris




Nonprofits + Agencies

Learn More + Connect

Attend the New York City Food Waste Fair

Take the Zero Waste Pledge

FAQs + tips

Connect with us

Request free materials

Compostable bags


Invite us to your event

How To Get Compost

Compost Givebacks

Request DSNY compost compost for community gardens and public greening initiatives