It’s not too late to start composting: GrowNYC makes it easy

About 17% of NYC's waste stream is food. In lieu of sending this food off to a landfill, New Yorkers have many composting options.

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About 17% of NYC’s waste stream is food.  In lieu of sending this food off to a landfill, New Yorkers have many composting options.  Composting transforms food scraps and other organic waste into a useful product for gardens.  Almost a year ago, GrowNYC teamed up with some of the Greenmarkets to expand current food scrap collections through a pilot program.  The program added to the ongoing Greenmarket food scrap collections by community organizations.  With more drop-off options than before, now is the time to try composting.

How do I participate?

1. Collect food scraps in large yogurt containers or other covered plastic containers.  GrowNYC recommends storing the containers in the refrigerator or freezer to reduce odors and adding a layer of shredded newspaper on the bottom of the container.

2. Fill the container with scraps:

YES: fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, teabags, egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, household plants and potting soil

NO: meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy, dog or cat waste, kitty litter, coal or charcoal, coconuts, diseased and/or insect-infested houseplants/soil or biodegradable/compostable plastics

3. Find your nearest drop-off location and get composting!

Greenmarket composting is reserved for residents; commercial food scraps are not accepted.  However, businesses should contact a food waste hauler if they have organic waste.  Adventurous residents who would like to learn more about composting or composting at home can find information about workshops and guides from