The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) collects leaf and yard waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper and turns it into compost or renewable energy.

Curbside Composting is available in all of Queens and Brooklyn and select areas in Bronx and Manhattan.

No sign-up is required for service. Compost is collected every week on the same day as recycling. 

Leaf and yard waste separation from trash is mandatory. There is a warning period for 3 months from the start of service in each borough.

Food scraps and food-soiled paper is also mandatory. The warning period runs through Spring 2025.

After the end of each warning period, residents will be subject to fines.

Curbside Composting is expanding to all NYC residents in Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island on October 6, 2024.

Until service begins in your area, you can:

Curbside composting service is currently available for all residents in Queens and Brooklyn.

Service is also available for residents who previously signed up in the following Community Boards:

  • Bronx
    • Community Board 8 (Kingsbridge, Riverdale)
  • Manhattan
    • Community Board 6 (Stuy Town & Peter Cooper Village, Midtown East, Murray Hill)
    • Community Board 7 (Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Lincoln Square)

You can look up the Community Board for your address on the Community Boards page.

DSNY is no longer accepting new sign-ups for the opt-in program. If you have already opted-in, you will continue to receive service.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) changed the usual time for placing trash, recycling, and compost out at the curb for collection. The new set-out times will help keep city streets clean and reduce food sources for rats.

Under the new rules, residential buildings must

  • Place waste out after 6 PM in a secure container of 55 gallons or less with a secure lid, or
  • Place waste out after 8 PM if putting bags directly on the curb.

Bundled cardboard and bulk items can be placed out any time between 6 PM and midnight.

Appliances containing CFC must be placed out between 6 PM and midnight the evening before the scheduled CFC and Freon Removal appointment.

To ensure collection, all waste must be set out no later than midnight the night before your collection day.

The new set-out times went into effect on April 1, 2023.

Policy Feedback

You can submit feedback to DSNY about the new set-out time policy.

Property owners of buildings with 9+ residential units and a janitorial staff may opt in to a 4 AM to 7 AM setout window during the yearly application period. The opt-in period only runs between January 1 and January 31 each year. 

The application period to opt into this alternate set-out time is currently closed.

If your application was approved, your building’s alternate set-out time is in effect from April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2025. 

If your application was not approved, you must follow the set-out times for all other residential properties.

Buildings currently enrolled in the 4 AM to 7 AM set-out window cannot set out waste at any other time. Violators are subject to enforcement penalties. After two penalties, the property will be removed from the morning opt-in program.

You can contact the Department of Sanitation by email or by phone if you have questions about the program, including how to opt out.

By Email

multiunitsetout@dsny.nyc.gov 

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

Queens and Brooklyn

Compost is collected every week on the same day as recycling for all residents in Queens and Brooklyn.

Select Areas in Manhattan and the Bronx

The Curbside Composting collection schedule for residents who previously signed up for service in Manhattan and the Bronx is based on address.

Suspensions may occur for a City holiday or during a snowstorm.

How to Compost

Food Scraps and Food-Soiled Paper 

Food scrap and food-soiled paper composting is mandatory in Queens and Brooklyn.

Place in any labeled bin (55 gallons or less) with a secure lid or in your DSNY brown bin. Line your bin with any kind of bag to keep it clean. Tie the bag closed before putting the bin out for collection.

Leaf and Yard Waste 

Leaf and yard waste separation from trash is mandatory in Queens and Brooklyn.

Place in any labeled bin (55 gallons or less) with a secure lid or in your DSNY brown bin, paper lawn and leaf bag, or clear plastic bag. Bundle twigs and branches with twine and place on curb next to bins or bags.

Note: You can mix food scraps with leaf and yard waste only if you are using a bin with a secure lid. Owners of buildings with 4+ units must provide a storage area and clearly labeled bins for the collection of yard waste. 

Order a free Composting Bin Decal online at nyc.gov/CompostingBinDecal.

Set-Out Times for Curbside Composting

Compost is collected every week on the same day as recycling. 

Set composting out the night before your collection day: 

  • After 6 PM in a container of 55 gallons or less with a secure lid, or 
  • After 8 PM, if putting bags of leaf and yard waste directly on the curb. You can mix food scraps with leaf and yard waste only if you are using a bin with a secure lid. 

To ensure collection, all waste must be set out by midnight before your collection day.

Note: Bulk material should be set out on any collection day that is not your compost/recycling day. 

What to Compost 

DSNY will collect all leaf and yard waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper.

This includes meat, bones, dairy, prepared foods, and greasy uncoated paper plates and pizza boxes.

Learn how to dispose of specific items.

What Not to Compost 

Do not compost trash, such as:

  • Diapers
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Animal waste
  • Wrappers
  • Non-paper packaging
  • Foam products

Do not compost recyclable materials. Visit the Recycling Rules page to learn more about what you can recycle.

    DSNY does not provide new or replacement brown bins for residents already receiving Curbside Compost collection.

    The last day for Brooklyn residents to order a free brown bin was October 13, 2023. 

    If you are currently receiving Curbside Composting collection and need a new or extra bin, you can use any labeled bin (max: 55 gallons) with a secure lid. You can line your bin with any bag. Order a free Composting Bin Decal online at nyc.gov/CompostingBinDecal.  

    If your collection day falls on a holiday, there may be changes to your collection schedule. 

    Make sure to always check back near the date of the holiday to confirm the exact guidelines.

    2024 Sanitation Holidays

    DateHoliday
    January 1 (Monday)New Year's Day
    January 15 (Monday)Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    February 12 (Monday)Lincoln's Birthday
    February 19 (Monday)Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day)
    May 27 (Monday)Memorial Day
    June 19 (Wednesday)Juneteenth
    July 4 (Thursday)Independence Day
    September 2 (Monday)Labor Day
    October 14 (Monday)Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day
    November 5 (Tuesday)Election Day
    November 11 (Monday)Veterans Day
    November 28 (Thursday)Thanksgiving
    December 25 (Wednesday)Christmas

    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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