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Organics Collection In Houses & Small Buildings (1-9 Units)

Through the NYC Organics Collection pilot program, DSNY collects food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste from homes and small buildings in pilot areas (PDF).

If your building does not receive Organics Collection, you can still compost your organic waste at home or at neighborhood food scrap drop-off sites.

New Neighborhoods

Twice Per Week Collectionsee instructions in: English, العربية (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), 한국어 (Korean), polski (Polish), and Español (Spanish)

  • Brooklyn: Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton
  • Queens: Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston, Douglas Manor, Hollis Hills, Little Neck, Ridgewood

Existing Neighborhoods

Once Per Week Collectionsee instructions in English / Español (Spanish) / 中文 (Chinese), shqiptar (Albanian), العربية (Arabic), বাংলা (Bengali), ελληνικά (Greek), हिंदी (Hindi), 한국어 (Korean), polski (Polish), ру́сский (Russian)

  • Bronx: Country Club, Edgewater Park, Fieldston, North Riverdale, Riverdale, Silverbeach Gardens, Throgs Neck
  • Brooklyn: Greenpoint, North Williamsburg
  • Staten Island: Castleton Corners, Graniteville, Mariners Harbor, Port Richmond, West Brighton, Westerleigh

Twice Per Week Collectionsee instructions in English / Español (Spanish) / 中文 (Chinese), shqiptar (Albanian), العربية (Arabic) , বাংলা (Bengali), ελληνικά (Greek), हिंदी (Hindi), 한국어 (Korean), polski (Polish), ру́сский (Russian)

  • Brooklyn: Bay Ridge, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia St Waterfront District, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Park Slope, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace
  • Queens: Glendale*, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Middle Village*, Maspeth*, Oakland Gardens, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill

Service Update — *Note: Glendale, Maspeth, and Middle Village now receive organics collection twice per week on both trash collection days.

Organics Bins

DSNY provides eligible households in the collection areas a starter kit which includes an indoor kitchen container, instructions, and either their own outdoor brown bin or a larger one to share for the building (if there are between three and nine apartments).

To request a replacement for broken, lost, or stolen outdoor brown organics bins (supplies are limited), submit the Bin Replacement Request form. DSNY does not exchange organics bins for different size bins.

DSNY does not replace or redeliver small in-home kitchen collectors. You can purchase your own kitchen collectors or use any container or bag to gather food scraps before emptying them into your outdoor brown organics bin.

Organics Collection Guidelines

In pilot areas, follow these guidelines for organics collection:

Separate organic waste from your trash and other recyclables. Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper in a kitchen food-scraps container, or in any container or bag. Store the container or bag in a convenient place — such as on the countertop, under the sink, or in the freezer — until your pickup day.

You may line your kitchen container with an acceptable bag or liner for easy clean up. Acceptable bags or liners include newspaper, a brown paper bag, or certified compostable bag that bears the BPI-USCC logo. (See the map below to find local stores that carry compostable bags.)

Empty organic waste into your brown bin. Use a clear plastic liner, a brown paper bag, or a certified compostable bag to line your bin. This will help keep your bin clean and reduce odors.

Set out the brown bin at the curb for collection. DSNY-issued brown bins are the only permitted receptacle for food scraps and soiled paper.

Set out leaf and yard waste in brown paper lawn and leaf bags, or in an unlined container. They can also be placed inside the brown organics bin.

  • Brooklyn and Queens: no wood debris or firewood. You must contact Parks Department for disposal due to the Asian Long-Horned Beetle quarantine.

To order free recycling decals and information on NYC Organics Collection, use the recycling materials request form.

Stores That Carry Compostable Bags