Compost collection is coming to Park Slope

Compost collection is coming to Park Slope

Big news: this month, the NYC Department of Sanitation will expand the curbside compost collection pilot program to large parts of Park Slope and Gowanus (south of Union Street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park West—click here to see a map). 

Compost collection has been so popular and effective for our neighbors in Windsor Terrace (as well as on Staten Island and in the Bronx) that it is now expanding to several new neighborhoods, including Park Slope and Gowanus. Participation is totally voluntary—and easy. Composting will divert our City’s waste from landfills and save millions of dollars in taxpayer money, so I hope you will consider taking part.

The expanded compost collection area covers most blocks between Prospect Park and the Gowanus Canal, south of Union Street.    If your home is this area, you should receive a mailer from the Department of Sanitation, as well as a “door hanger” pamphlet, with details about the program. Bin delivery will start on May 12 and continue through May 22.  Collection will begin the week of May 19. If you still have not received your bin one week after collection begins, submit a “missed bin delivery” report through 311 or

Here is an overview of how curbside compost collection (also known as “organics” collection) works:

  • Residential buildings with nine units or fewer will receive a free starter kit from the NYC Department of Sanitation with a brown bin for outside and a small kitchen container (which you can keep on the countertop, in the freezer, etc). 
  • If you live in a building with 10 or more units, your building can enroll online.
  • Food scraps can be kept in the kitchen container, and then emptied into the brown bin, along with leaves and yard trimmings for curbside collection.
  • The brown outside bins are specially designed to keep rodents and raccoons out.
  • Organic waste pick-up is twice a week on your normal collection days. There will be no change to the existing garbage pick-up schedule. When there is a holiday, put out your organics on your next regular garbage collection day.
  • Charter schools, private schools, institutions, non-profits, and city agencies can also enroll, and some of our neighborhood public schools will be starting organics collection too.
  • For more information, visit, call the Composting Hotline at 212-437-4646, and keep an eye out for Department of Sanitation staff at local farmer’s markets and street fairs.

We expect this pilot program to last for two years, during which the city will monitor and evaluate the program. Together, I hope we can make it a success.

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