Culture & Community
NYC Community Composting
Compost Drop Off
Compost is accepted at the 14th Street Y on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays to align with the NYC Department of Sanitation’s collection schedule and standards. To find drop off locations for other days of the week, please visit nyc.gov/sanitation.
What can I compost?
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags
- Bread and grains
- Egg shells
- Food-soiled paper towels and napkins
- Shredded newspaper
- Sawdust and wood shavings from untreated wood
- Stale beans, flour, and spices
- Cut or dried flowers
- Houseplants and potting soil
What can I NOT compost?
- Meat or fish scraps
- Cheese or dairy products
- Fats, grease, oil, or oily foods
- Cat or dog waste
- Kitty litter
- Colored or glossy paper
- Sawdust made from pressure-treated plywood or lumber
- Coal or charcoal ashes
- Non-compostable materials like plastic, metals, or glass
- Biodegradable or compostable plastics
- Diseased or insect-infested houseplants and soil
Where do I drop off my compost?
The compost collection bin is located in the lobby, directly behind security.
How do I bring my food scraps to the Y?
Please bring your acceptable food scraps in a plastic bag, paper bag, or other reusable container. To make this program more efficient, please empty your plastic bag or container into our compost bin.
How do I store my food scraps at home?
We suggest keeping your scraps in the freezer or refrigerator until drop off to avoid smells. But there are other options, like using counter top bins that are designed to reduce odor and prevent fruit flies
It is up to you how frequently you drop off you compost. Compost drop-off is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
What if my compost bin attracts fruit flies?
If you find fruit flies in your kitchen, you can place a small jar or cup of white vinegar on your counter. Be sure to keep the jar covered, but poke a holes in the top. Alternatively consider putting the bin in the fridge or freezer.