Ways you can compost:

(1) Curbside Organics Collection

Starting December 25, 2022, borough-wide curbside composting service will be paused for the winter and will resume in late March, 2023. In the meantime, you can continue composting by bringing your food scraps and other accepted organic waste to a drop-off or compost yourself. More information below.

When it resumes, all residential buildings – single- and multi-family homes and apartment buildings of all sizes – will receive weekly Curbside Composting collection from the NYC Department of Sanitation. You can use the DSNY issued brown bin or any bin with a secure lid that is properly labelled. For more information, visit DSNY’s Queens Composting Page. For other resources related to organic waste including drop-off sites, signage, leaf collection, and more, visit this DSNY page.

(2) Public food scrap drop-off site

Use the map below to locate find one near you! Please check site information for operation hours and to learn about what is accepted and what is not before going to the site.

(3) Smart Compost Bins

This is currently only a pilot in one Queens neighborhood: Astoria. You can access the Smart Composting bins using an app on your phone. Download the NYC Smart Compost app for free for Android and iOS.

(4) Compost at home!

Get resources on how to start indoor or outdoor composting at home on DSNY’s website.


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