Department of Sanitation311Search all websites

What Food Scraps To Drop Off

You can take food scraps for composting to drop-off sites located throughout the five boroughs.

Note that items that are accepted at neighborhood drop-off sites differ from the organic materials that DSNY picks from buildings that receive curbside organics collection.

Here’s what you can and can’t bring to food scrap drop-off sites:

Accepted Items

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags
  • Bread and grains
  • Egg shells
  • Nutshells
  • Corncobs
  • Food-soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Sawdust and wood shavings from untreated wood
  • Stale beans, flour, and spices
  • Cut or dried flowers
  • Houseplants and potting soil
  • Feathers

Don’t Bring

  • Meat or fish scraps
  • Cheese or dairy products
  • Fats, grease, oil, or oily foods
  • Cat or dog feces
  • Kitty litter
  • Colored or glossy paper
  • Sawdust made from pressure-treated plywood or lumber
  • Coal or charcoal ashes
  • Non-compostable materials like plastic, metals, or glass
  • Diseased or insect-infested houseplants and soil
  • Biodegradable or compostable plastics

Drop Off Food Scraps in NYC