Curbside Composting collects food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste and turns it into compost or renewable energy.

Curbside Composting is coming back in fall 2021. Participation is voluntary. If you're interested in getting compost collection, you must sign up, even if you received the service in the past.

After you sign up, DSNY will let you know if you're in an eligible neighborhood and notify you when service will start in your area. If you do not have a DSNY-issued brown bin, you can request one when you sign up, and it will be delivered before your service begins.

If you don't live in an area where Curbside Composting is offered yet, DSNY will let you know if the service will expand to your area.

Until service begins in your neighborhood, you can:

You can sign up for Curbside Composting online or by phone.


Learn more and sign up for Curbside Composting.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

DSNY funds and manages the NYC Compost Project, which offers compost-related workshops and classes. The Project also runs neighborhood-based Food Scrap Drop Off opportunities, ensuring that those food scraps are composted locally.

Find composting resources.

Composting Literature

You can download composting tip sheets and guides.

Topics include:

  • Using outdoor composting bins for food and yard waste
  • Reducing waste by leaving grass clippings on your lawn
  • Starting indoor composting with a worm bin
  • Using mulch

Download Department of Sanitation materials.