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 sending organics to, separate it for composting to enrich our environment, not damage it.
Curbside Collection Pilot Program
DSNY’s curbside collection of organic waste reduces the load sent to landfills, deters pests by using rodent-resistant bins and generates valuable products, such as compost to enrich soil and renewable energy. Participants in the food and yard waste pilot program should set out their organic waste according to their neighborhoods collection schedule.
New Yorkers can recycle organic waste three ways:
1. Be part of Sanitation’s Organics Collection Pilot Program;
2. Compost at home; or
3. Drop off organic waste with composting organizations, such as NYC Compost Project.
Other Collection Programs