Bay View Houses


    OER delivers free topsoil to farms at NYCHA’s Bay View Houses (pictured on the left) and Howard Houses in Brooklyn.

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Terminal Logistics Center


    Terminal Logistics Center has won the 2022 Big Apple Brownfield Award as the best new development in New York City for Economic Development.

    Adjacent to JFK airport, the new facility is the first multistory air-cargo distribution hub on the East Coast.

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East New York Farms


    OER celebrates Earth Day 2022 by offering free delivery of clean soil and topsoil to community and school gardens in Brooklyn and Queens.

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    On May 14, 2022, OER hosted a soil giveaway at its soil stockpile with East New York Farms! and Big Reuse. More than 60 backyard gardeners picked up over 500 bags of topsoil and 300 bags of compost.

Millbrook Building

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    Nonprofit developer West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing completes OER's cleanup program and builds new affordable senior housing on NYCHA land in the Bronx.
BK Rot Site Reuse

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    Community composting group, BK ROT, expands its Brooklyn composting service onto a vacant City lot where they will make and distribute compost and topsoil, provide composting education, and create a community green space for Bushwick residents.


The New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation is a team of scientists and engineers that design and operate municipal programs to promote cleanup and redevelopment of vacant contaminated land in NYC.

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What's New at OER

5/18/2023: Soil Giveaway – With our partner East New York Farms!, OER distributed 204 bags of topsoil to 27 people at the season’s first soil giveaway on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The next giveaway, to be held at the City clean soil stockpile at 830 Forbell Street, Brooklyn, will be in July. Contact OER if you are interested in participating.

4/10/2023: OER has resumed free delivery of clean soil and topsoil to community and school gardens. We deliver up to 6 cubic yards of material and will continue this service until early June. If your garden needs soil or topsoil, fill out an online request form and OER will work to arrange a delivery.

3/29/2023: Hiring Project Managers!  We seek new staff to oversee environmental cleanups. 
Preferred candidates have degrees in env. science, env. engineering, or geology.

Full description and application link here.

12/12/2022: Come work with us! MOER is hiring a Project Manager to oversee land cleanup projects. Master’s degree required. GIS skills a plus!

Full description and application link for Job ID: 562039.

11/10/2022: MOER in conjunction with our agency partner NYC Economic Development Corporation seeks to procure on-call environmental consultant teams to perform project oversight, planning, testing, investigation, assessment, remediation and redevelopment of brownfields throughout New York City. The Request for Proposal can be found here.

9/27/2022: OER is accepting comments on its proposed enforcement rules until October 28, 2022. Learn more.

5/26/2022: The City stockpile (at 830 Forbell Street, Brooklyn) has 16,000 cubic yards of clean soil available for construction projects that need backfill. If your project team is interested in obtaining free clean soil, contact OER or call 212-788-8841.

5/19/2021: The City’s clean soil stockpile in East New York receives and distributes clean soil to City, private and community projects at no cost except for trucking. The stockpile is open every Tuesday and Wednesday and on a third day each week based on demand. In addition to clean soil, NYC DOT offers free RCA (recycled concrete aggregate that is 3/4” minus) also at no cost except for trucking. Parties interested in either material should contact OER.

6/11/2020: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded OER $300,000 in new federal brownfield cleanup funds. Starting this fall, the Office will offer these new Revolving Loan Funds to certain affordable developers with sites in the City’s Voluntary Cleanup Program in the form of grants and loans. The funds can offset land cleanup costs of community developers building 100% affordable projects in low-income neighborhoods across the City. To learn more, contact OER.

5/24/2020: In Spring 2020, OER arranged delivery of more than 40,000 cubic yards of soil form the NYC Clean Soil Bank to the Department of Parks & Recreation. Learn more.

04/22/2020: OER has launched SPEED 2.0, an updated and expanded version of its environmental mapping tool. SPEED is a rich repository of information relevant to the cleanup of land in New York City. Visit SPEED to search for properties in New York City and find information on nearby construction projects, land cleanup efforts, environmental cleanup requirements on rezoned land, and the location of petroleum spills.

SPEED can also be used to create maps of environmental information at a city, borough, neighborhood, or site level.  In addition, all of its data layers are regularly updated. 
Please give us your feedback on SPEED through the Contact page on our website.

OER Metrics

Acres Remediated460

Units of Affordable Housing21,000

New City Tax Revenue$336M