Grow NYC Compost Program

Hey FPOPers, make landscape, not landfill! Greenmarkets around New York allow fruit and vegetable scraps to be transformed into compost.

Compost Grow NYC

Why should you compost?

Food scraps comprise about 17% of NYC’s waste stream. Normally, this material is simply sent to a landfill; it contributes to NYC’s disposal costs and can create greenhouse gas emissions. However, when composted, food scraps and other organic waste become a useful product that improves soil quality for street trees, gardens, and more.

Your household food scraps will be transported to one of several NYC compost sites to be transformed into a fertile soil for use on local urban farming and gardening projects.

Compost Grow NYC

What can you bring to the compost collection sites?

You can bring fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal etc.), coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants, and potting soil.

Food scraps can be collected in large yogurt containers or other covered plastic containers, plastic bags, milk cartons or in commercially-available compost pails. To reduce odors at home and at the Greenmarket, store items in the freezer or refrigerator. A layer of shredded newspaper at the bottom of your storage container also helps.

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