The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soil, neighborhood by neighborhood.


Join us at a community event where we will be happy to answer your questions.
National Night Out Against Crime
Midland Beach Boardwalk Turtle Circle (Bet. Hunter Ave & Jefferson Ave on Fr. Capodanno Blvd)

Tuesday, August 7, 4:00 PM 8:00 PM

Join us at the NYPD’s National Night Out Against Crime. There will be children’s activities, resources, face painting, arts and crafts, NYPD Crime Prevention safety tips, rockwall, free refreshments and hot dogs grilled by Brothers Care Inc.

Attend DSNY Compost Giveback Events
DSNY shares compost with residents! New Yorkers can get compost at Compost Giveback Events around the city.
Advanced registration is required for all DSNY Compost Giveback Events.
For more information click here.

Enhance your skills and your soil. Join us at a public workshop.
Soil Food Web
Saturday, August 11, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace

Compost Demonstration Site
More creatures live in the soil than any other environment on Earth! We’ll go on a soil organism safari and gain a better understanding of what the soil ecosystem looks like and how soil biodiversity is crucial for health. This workshop will introduce you to fascinating facts and traditional techniques that will help you support soil life in your own garden or farm.
One-hour workshops are free but registration is recommended. Register here.

Looking to get your hands dirty? Join us at a volunteer workday! Learn how to make compost by helping our community partners make compost. Events are rain or shine so dress appropriately.
Turn & Learn
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terr., Compost Demonstration Site

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost.

Community Support
Hot Pile Build @ Olivet Heavenly Harvest
Saturday, August 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Olivet Presbyterian Church, 97 Myrtle Ave
Find out how composting can really heat things up! Help us process 500 pounds of food scraps collected by GrowNYC from local Greenmarkets at a community garden.
Help start a new community garden!   
Join the Stapleton Community Garden team. Our community partners GreenThumb are hard at work building a new garden on Hill Street. Interested parties should contact GreenThumb Outreach Coordinator Anthony Reuter at

We host neighborhood organics drop-off sites and compost the marial locally at sites managed by NYC Compost Project staff. Our drop-off sites located at greenmarkets, major public transit stations, public libraries, and other popular locations let residents recycle their waste conveniently.


Bring your food scraps to Snug Harbor!  Drop them off at the Compost Demo Site 7 days a week from dawn until dusk.

Learn what to drop off here!

Interested in receiving updates on waste prevention, reuse, and recycling in NYC? Sign up for the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability’s monthly newsletter here.

Want to connect with other compost enthusiasts? Join the NYC Community Composting Google Group here.
Join Common Ground Compost’s Browns Distribution Network
Calling all NYC woodworkers, landscapers, coffee roasters, community composters, gardeners, and more! Do you produce a chemical-free, carbon-rich byproduct (like sawdust, woodchips, or coffee chaff)? Are you a composter looking for locally-produced “waste” materials that can amend your piles and soils? We want to connect you to one another! Please click here for more information, and fill out the form to show your interest in becoming part of NYC’s growing Browns Distribution Network!


Natalie Nowlen
Natalie joined our team in January 2016 as an Organics Recovery Coordinator and since September 2016 as an Outreach Coordinator. She previously spent a year and a half managing and operating the Food Scraps Composting Laboratory at Kean University in Union, NJ while spending a summer grow season working as a farm hand and educator at a 6-acre urban farm. When not getting her hands dirty from compost, she loves to be outdoors hiking or camping, exploring new food spots, and searching for new adventures for her wanderlust thirst. Natalie is excited to be back on Staten Island using her compost skills, passion, and knowledge for the community.
Outreach Coordinator

Carol is the Project Manager of the NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. She is a certified Master Composter, student of the NYBG Garden Certificate Program, co-chair of Staten Island Grow to Give, and a lead organizer for the Staten Island Green Umbrella group. In her spare time she might be found crafting plant-based personal care products, learning new recipes or wondering if mortality composting will ever be featured on The Walking Dead.
Project Manager


Carol Hooper
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Compost Hotline 
The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to make and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs are implemented by DSNY-funded teams at seven host organizations, including Brooklyn Botanic GardenBuild It Green!NYC,  Earth Matter NYLower East Side Ecology CenterQueens Botanical GardenSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and  The New York Botanical Garden. Learn more: