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Please note: Like many sites across the city, including GrowNYC market drop offs, we are temporarily suspending our community composting hours  as of March 19, 2020. Stay tuned and check our up-to-date calendar for info on when we may resume food scrap collection.

In the meantime: We also encourage you to make the most of your scraps; you can find some tips here, and we hope to share some more ideas soon.

Stay well, safe, and connected everyone!

Q Gardens launched its composting system on April 11, 2015. With a nine bin system, a weekly average of 75 food scrap drop offs, and many hardworking volunteers, we often have mounds of compost for the taking!

Can I get finished compost from Q Gardens? When available, we offer compost in bulk amounts and suggest a donation of 50 cents a pound for those who are able to afford it (negotiable on a case-by-case basis). Thanks in advance! Donations from bulk compost are one of the ways Q Gardens sustains its operations. Please write to nataliajsucre[at]gmail.com to see if we have ready compost available.

Compost in moderate amounts for individual use is free! You can pick it up anytime during garden open hours (see below).

How can I become a Q Gardens Compost Volunteer? We would love for you to join us! Send us an email at nataliajsucre[at]gmail.com to be added to the composting team roster.

When can I drop off my food scraps? We hold community composting hours on the weekend as shown below.

  • Saturdays 10:30am– 12:30pm 
  • Sundays 2 – 4pm

Every 12 weeks, our compost volunteer crew takes a two-week break from hosting open hours. In 2020, our first quarter of compost open hours will run from Saturday, January 25th up to and including Sunday, April 12th. 

NOTE: In addition, we have an outdoor bin where you can drop off your food scraps on weekends before compost open hours: Saturdays 6am-10:30am and 12:30pm to Sunday 2pm. If the bin is full or closed for whatever reason, please do not leave bags on the sidewalk or lid.

What materials can I drop off? Download our flier Q Gardens Community Food Scrap Drop Off Guidelines_final_Jan 2020 and see below.
Please bring:
●     fruit and vegetable scraps
●     coffee grounds and tea leaves
●     egg shells
●     food-soiled paper towels or napkins (please shred!)
●     fresh leaves, flowers, green plants and garden trimmings
●     bread and grains (nothing with oil!)
●     shredded newspaper or brown paper

Please do NOT bring:
●    meat, chicken, or fish scraps
●    anything with fats, grease or oil
●    cheese or dairy products
●    non-compostable materials such as plastic, metals or glass
●    pesticide-treated plants, grass clippings, deceased or pest-infested plants

NOTE: In addition, we do not take compostable bags (they don’t break down in our system).

At home you can save your food scraps in the refrigerator or freezer; freezing will kill any food flies and bugs often found on the skin or shell of most fruits and vegetables, and the added moisture helps in the compost decomposition process. Carrying your food scraps in a reusable (and rinsable) container means no yucky plastic bag to get rid of.

Other compost drop-off locations around NYC are mapped here.