The NYC Department of Sanitation collects about 2,500 tons of Christmas trees for composting and brings them to Sanitation composting sites run under private contract currently with WeCare Organics, LLC .
For a fee, NYC landscapers registered with the Compost Site Permit Program can drop off yard waste and purchase compost at the Fresh Kills Composting Site.
Currently, DSNY operates the Fresh Kills and Soundview composting sites.
Fresh Kills is a 24-acre site constructed in 1990 at the entrance to the former landfill in Staten Island.
Soundview is a 7-acre site constructed in 1999 on an inactive and undeveloped section of Soundview Park in the Bronx with damaged soil. As part of a mitigation agreement with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, DSNY supplied Soundview Park with approximately 22,000 cubic yards of compost and approximately 11,132 cubic yards of sand/soil.