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The NYC Compost Project offers compost-related workshops and classes throughout the five boroughs.

The Project also:

  • Operates the Master Composter Certificate Program
  • Provides technical support
  • Distributes Department of Sanitation compost and mulch
  • Develops urban farms
  • Conducts outreach at public events

The Project also runs neighborhood-based food scrap drop-off opportunities, ensuring that those food scraps are composted locally. The project has been funded and managed by the Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling since 1993.

You can get assistance with:

  • Composting workshops
  • Technical assistance for home or community-based composting
  • Neighborhood-based food waste drop-off sites
  • Finding locations to purchase different compost bins and accessories and learning how to work with them
  • Master Composter Certificate Course
  • Sustainable lawncare
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Compost and mulch distribution

Learn more about the NYC Compost Project.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance by phone.

You can get a brochure that explains the various programs of the NYC Compost Project.

Use the Sanitation Material Request Form to download or order materials.

New York City residents can receive free compost made in New York at Compost Giveback Events.

You must register online before attending an event. Only one ticket per person is allowed. If carpooling, each person must bring their ticket and present ID showing a distinct address.

Businesses are not eligible for free compost. Commercial vehicles will not be serviced at the events.

Event dates, locations, and registration instructions are available online. If no events are available, check back later.

Register to attend a Compost Giveback Event.

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