Curbside Composting start dates by borough!
- Queens: March 27, 2023
- Brooklyn: October 2, 2023
- The Bronx/Staten Island: March 25, 2024
- Manhattan: October 7, 2024
How to participate in Curbside Composting:
Step 1: Use a brown bin or your own bin less than 55 gallons with a secure lid; order a free decal to place on your own bin at nyc.gov/CompostingBinDecal.
Step 2: Line your bin with a clear plastic bag, brown paper bag, BPI certified compostable bag, or leave it unlined. Entirely up to you!
Step 3: Collect your food scraps and yard waste and place them into your bin(s).
Step 4: Set your bin(s) out on the curb after 6 PM the night before your collection day, which will likely be the same day as your recycling day (this is the case for Queens!)
While you wait for Curbside Composting in your area: find a local food scrap drop off site at nyc.gov/dropfoodscraps, or check out the NYC Smart Composting bin program by downloading the NYC Smart Compost app for free for Android and iOS.