The NYC Smart Compost pilot program allows residents to dispose of food scraps and yard waste at public compost bins 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The bins are located in Astoria, Queens and Lower Manhattan.

The organic waste collected through this program is taken to local and regional facilities to be composted on a large scale. Finished compost is used in NYC parks and gardens. Some of the collected organic waste will be converted into renewable energy.

NYC Smart Compost bins in both neighborhoods accept the same items.

Food WasteFood-Soiled PaperYard Waste
FoodBagsGrass clippings
Bones

Boxes

Leaves
Coffee grounds and tea bagsCoffee filters and tea bags

Plants

Shells (seafood, nut, and egg)Napkins and paper towelsShrubs and bushes
 

Trays

Small twigs and branches
 Uncoated paper plates

Trimmings

You can also put BPI-certified compostable bags, bowls, and utensils in the bin.

Items Not Accepted

  • Trash, including
    • Diapers and hygienic products
    • Animal waste or kitty litter
    • Cellophane wrappers and packaging
    • Foam products
  •  Recyclables, including
    • Metal
    • Glass
    • Plastic
    • Beverage cartons
    • Clean recyclable paper
    • Cardboard

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) operates and manages the Smart Compost bins in Astoria, Queens. 

You can get a key card to unlock the bins and drop off your compostable items. 

Learn more and find bin locations.

Contact the Program

You can contact NYC Smart Compost customer service to:

  • Report a broken bin
  • Report a problem using the bin
  • Request a replacement key card
  • Give feedback about the program
  • Get answers to any questions about the program

By Email

info@smartcompost.nyc 

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

The Alliance for Downtown New York (ADNY) operates and manages the public compost bins in Lower Manhattan in partnership with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

ADNY empties the bins and sets the material out in a central location for DSNY to collect and take to a facility for composting. 

You must use a mobile app to unlock the bins and drop off your compostable items. 

Learn more and find bin locations.

Contact the Program

If you encounter issues while using the bin, please open the eGate Digi app and click on “Report an Error.” Fill out the error report and staff will check on the malfunction. 

You can report other problems, give feedback, or send any other questions about the Lower Manhattan pilot program to the Alliance for Downtown NY. 

Contact the Alliance for Downtown NY.

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