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Compost Drop-Off Sites in NYC


  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags
  • Bread and grains
  • Egg and nut shells
  • Food-soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Sawdust and wood shavings from untreated wood
  • Stale beans, flour, and spices
  • Cut or dried flowers
  • Houseplants and potting soil
  • Feathers
  • BPI-Certified compostable plastics


  • Meat or fish scraps
  • Cheese or dairy products
  • Fats, grease, oil, or oily foods
  • Cat or dog feces
  • Kitty litter
  • Colored or glossy paper
  • Sawdust made from pressure-treated plywood or lumber
  • Coal or charcoal ashes
  • Non-compostable materials like plastic, metals, or glass
  • Diseased or insect-infested houseplants and soil
  • Biodegradable plastics

Big Reuse Collected Partner Sites

Food scrap drop-off sites are popping up all over the city!  See DSNY Food Scrap Drop Off Map for options in your neighborhood, if you don't see a Big Reuse option below. Funding approved by City Council supports the drop-offs along with efforts of dedicated volunteers and organizations.

Big Reuse has partnered with many inspiring community groups that sprang up when the City cancelled curbside composting collection. We are adding more as soon as we can confirm with DSNY and other partners. Big Reuse hauls the collected food scraps back to our two community composting sites in Gowanus and Long Island City where we process them with Parks leaves and wood chips. We then give the compost away to community gardens and Parks.


North BK Compost

Location: McGolrick Park (Farmers Market) Russell Street &, Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Time: Sundays 10:00am-1:00pm 


Nurture BK

Location: Parkside Ave and Ocean Ave (NW Corner)

Time: Sundays 9:00am-11:00am


BK Rot

Location: 1309 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Know Waste Lands Community Garden)

TIme: Sundays 12:00pm -3:00pm 


Sure We Can 

Location: 219 McKibben Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Time: Mon-Fri 7:00am-5:00pm, Sat 7:00am-1:00pm


Gowanus Salt Lot 

Locations: 2 2nd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Time: Daily 24/7


Socrates Sculpture Park 

Location: 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11106

Time: Daily 9am-Dusk 


Roosevelt Island Farmers Market

Location:543 Main St, New York, NY 10044

Time: Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm


Q Gardens
Location: 8 E 18th St, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Time: Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm


Farm Spot 

Location 33-50 82nd Street, Queens 

Time Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm


Prospect Farm 

Location: 1194 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Time: Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm


Astoria Pug: Broadway N/W
Location: 32-11 31st St, Astoria, NY 11106

Time: Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm


Astoria Pug: Steinway
Location: 38-12 30th Ave Long Island City, NY 11103

Time: Saturdays,9:00am - 3:00pm


Astoria Pug: Ditmars

Location: 22-70 33rd St Queens, NY 11105

Time: Saturdays, 9:00am-3:00pm


Astoria Pug: Newtown

Location: 30-36 41st St Astoria, NY 11103

TIme: Fridays, 10:00 am-4:30pm


To see more drop off sites around New York City go to DSNY Map of NYC Food Scrap Drop-Off Sites!