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Neighborhood-Based Food Waste Drop-Off Sites

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NYC residents are encouraged to bring any of the items noted below to a neighborhood-based food scrap drop-off site. By composting your food scraps, you can do your part to compost more and waste less while contributing to the creation of a useful resource (finished compost) that will help make NYC cleaner and greener.

Use this Google map to see all of NYC's food scrap drop-off sites. Or click on the links below to see composting sites in each borough.

Residents can also bring leaves in clear plastic or brown paper bags to select food scrap drop-off sites. See borough listings for information about food waste drop-off sites that accept leaves.

Staten Island

images: wheelbarrow of food scrapsAcceptable Food Scraps


  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • coffee grounds, filters, & paper tea bags
  • bread and grains
  • egg shells
  • nutshells
  • corncobs
  • 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


  • meat or fish scraps
  • cheese or dairy products
  • fats, grease, or oil AND 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 such as plastics, metals, or glass
  • diseased and/or insect-infested houseplants/soil
  • biodegradable/compostable plastics

(Please be aware that material accepted at neighborhood drop-off sites is different than material accepted through DSNY’s curbside collection program. See What Goes in the Organics Bin to find out about organic waste collected through the NYC Organics Collection Program.)

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