Explore | Data + Research

The Explore Subcommittee gathers information from publicly-available sources to evaluate how waste impacts the borough of Queens.  We are currently embarking on an ambitious goal to collect data Community Board by Community Board to create a comprehensive report titled The State of Waste in Queens.  We welcome the participation and contribution of outside researchers, community advocates, and activists to help us understand what research questions are of greatest interest to local stakeholders, so that we produce a report that will help our elected officials to set policy and enact legislation that serves the public interest.

The map at the top of this page highlights information from New York State’s Solid Waste Management Plan focused on municipal transfer stations in our city. 

Recently the QSWAB began to create its own Google Map of waste and resource-recovery related sites in Queens. This is a still evolving map that we encourage the public to view and offer feedback.

For other maps that are regularly updated with current NYC information, check out the following examples below:

  • Pharmaceutical and Syringe Drop-Off Locations in New York City:
  • Big Reuse’s Food Scrap Drop-Off Locations:
  • DSNY Residential Food Scrap Drop-Off Locations:

The information below regarding 311 complaints related to waste issues was identified through NYC Open Data.


This is a map of GrowNYC food scrap drop-off sites in Queens. These sites are currently on pause due to COVID-19.

And here is a link to the live interactive DSNY map.

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