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The NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse


The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse is part of a community-scale composting network that works to rebuild our soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally.

Questions about compost? Email [email protected]


We compost food scraps locally at our processing site under the Queensboro Bridge in LIC, Queens and at our Salt Lot facility located on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. In 2019, we diverted over 1.7 million pounds of organic waste from landfills!



Queensbridge Compost Site Tours: Join us every other Friday by registering here!


Gowanus Salt Lot Compost Site Tours: Join us every Monday by registering here!



We help improve the soil in our neighborhood by distributing finished compost to community greening groups and through volunteer powered stewardship events. To help out, contact us at [email protected]




Help reduce landfill waste and methane emissions by saving your food scraps and bringing them to a food scrap drop-off site (FSDO).

If your community group accepts food scraps and wants to be listed on the city-wide FSDO map, or if you would like to open a Public Food Scrap Drop-Off Site for Your Community, click here.  


To see a complete list of Food Scrap Drop-off's in NYC and to find the one most convenient to you click here


Manuals, explainers, and tips from the NYC Compost Project on how you can make and use compost at home. It's easier (and less messy) than you think! 

We are a 2020 US Composting Council Annual Award Winner!  


Watch the US Composting Council 2020 virtual composting awards ceremony presented by Executive Director Frank Franciosi here.

Compost FAQ



Our Partners In The Compost Project