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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 sending organics to, separate it for composting to enrich our environment, not damage it.

Drop-Off Program

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.

Pilot Program Overview

Learn More (English,Spanish,Chinese)

Participating Areas

Houses & Small Buildings (1-9 units)

Large Buildings (10+ Units)

What Goes in the Brown Bin

Landscaper Yard Waste

Request to Participate

Getting Involved

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.

Educational Materials

Workshops + Getting Certified

Purchase a Backyard Composting Bin

Contact the NYC Compost Project

Join Our Network of Community Compost Sites

Include an Information Table at Your Public Event

Volunteer or Visit an Urban Farm or Composting Site

Other Collection Programs

The Department offers different opportunities to compost throughout the year. Visit this website regularly for upcoming events.

Wood Debris Disposal

Christmas Trees