Q Gardens launched its composting system on April 11, 2015. With a nine bin system, a weekly average of 75-100 food scrap drop offs, and many hardworking volunteers, we consistently have mounds of compost for the taking!

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).

We hold open food scrap drop off hours on the weekend as shown below. Note: We will be taking our quarterly 2-week break from Monday, Jan. 6 to Friday Jan. 24. We will resume normal compost open hours on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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

Interested in becoming a Q Gardens Compost Volunteer? We would love for you to join us! Sign up directly to host compost drop off hours with an experienced volunteer here https://signup.com/go/zROpgzk or send us an email at nataliajsucre[at]gmail.com to be added to the composting team roster.

What materials can I drop off?
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

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.