Big Reuse is one of seven host sites for the NYC Compost Project. Our commitment to making the connection between compost and organics recycling has only grown stronger over our last two years as an independent non-profit.
Stewardship and Outreach
We’ve worked hard to spread the compost word! Since July 2015, we educated over 7500 New Yorkers at more than 100 events and public workshops and engaged 1700 volunteers and school kids through community greening projects. Volunteer with us
Food Scrap Diversion
We’ve opened new drop-offs, expanded hours, provided evening options, and developed new types of drop-off opportunities. Add to this an increase in participation, and we’ve accepted 850,000 pounds of food scraps at our drop-offs since July 2015. Not composting yet? Find a drop-off near you!
Small Scale Processing Sites that Pack a Punch
In addition to the scraps we collected, we also processed 800,000 pounds of organics collected by our partner GrowNYC. Mix those greens with the all important browns, and over the past two years we composted a total of 2.4M pounds. As New Yorkers recycle more of their organics, local and regional processing capacity will grow to meet that need. In our small way, we are also increasing processing capacity. By the end of the year we will be operating an improved community composting site underneath the Queensboro bridge utilizing a new site design and small-scale technology. Our ground-breaking is pictured above. We also will begin operating a new site on the DSNY Salt Lot in Gowanus in partnership with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. This site includes stunning covered aerated bays and solar power. Both sites will be open to the public for tours soon after we begin operations so we can continue to educate about the process of turning food scraps into compost.
We bring all the effort full circle by distributing finished compost for use in community greening projects.In our first year we gave out 627 bags and 70 cubic yards. This skyrocketed to 2412 bags and 207 cubic yards over the next year! Every group requesting compost receives technical assistance about how best to use compost because we are committed to giving New Yorkers the skills and knowledge they need to help rebuild our city’s soil and strengthen our green spaces. Request compost