Ways you can compost:

(1) Curbside Organics Collection

ALL Queens residents now have access to Curbside Composting! All residential buildings – single- and multi-family homes and apartment buildings of all sizes – now 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. To participate, call 311 to request a key card. Location of Smart Compost Bins are also in the map above. Coming Soon:  Stay tuned for information on our APP, to be launched in the coming weeks.

(4) Compost at home!

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


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