Manhattan Curbside Composting

Starting October 6, 2024, Curbside Composting will be available to ALL Manhattan residents! No sign-up needed.

Who Can Compost

Currently, Curbside Composting is available in the following Community Board.

  • Community Board 6 (Stuy Town & Peter Cooper Village, Midtown East, Murray Hill)
  • Community Board 7 (Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Lincoln Square)

We are no longer accepting new sign-ups for the opt-in program. If you have already opted-in, you will continue to receive service. ALL Manhattan residents will get service starting October 6, 2024.

Check your Curbside Composting collection day.

How to Compost

Set out your compost at the curb in a labeled bin with a secure lid or in your DSNY brown compost bin (extra leaf and yard waste can be put in a bag separate from trash.) Order a free composting bin decal.

Tenants and building staff: Learn more about composting in larger buildings.

NOTE: Bins must be 55 gallons or less. You can use a plastic liner to help keep your bin clean.

What to Compost

We will pick up ALL leaf and yard waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper. This includes meat, bones, dairy, prepared foods, and greasy uncoated paper plates and pizza boxes.

What Not to Compost

Do not compost trash such as diapers, personal hygiene products, animal waste, wrappers, non-paper packaging, and foam products.

Do not compost recyclable materials. Learn more about what to recycle.

More Ways to Compost

Food scraps and plant waste can be composted at a Smart Composting Bin or food scrap drop-off site near you.