Food scraps can be turned into compost. Compost creates healthy soil, which nourishes plants. You can take certain food scraps for composting to drop-off sites (PDF) located throughout the five boroughs.
Food scrap drop-off sites are located in public spaces. Do not leave food scraps when sites are closed.
Site schedules are subject to change. In cases of severe weather or holidays, food scrap drop-off sites may be closed early or canceled. Please check the interactive drop-off map for the latest schedule updates.
Please note that some food scrap drop-off sites are do not accept fall leaves. For information on how to recycle your leaves, visit nyc.gov/leafcollection.