Where to drop off food scraps in Upper Manhattan now that curbside composting has been suspended

Updated: Sep 17


Photo: The William B. Washington Memorial Garden

The city suspended curbside composting on May 5, 2020 due to COVID-19-related budget cuts, and since then eco-conscious New Yorkers have had to either throw their scraps in with the regular garbage or find a private composting spot.


Thankfully, a number of community gardens have stepped up to help.


As of this week there are now at least three in Upper Manhattan that accept food scraps. Here are their addresses and hours:


The William B. Washington Memorial Garden

Central Harlem 321 W 126th St between St. Nicholas Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

Wednesdays and Sundays 4pm-6pm, follow on Facebook for more info

This garden is now accepting fruits, vegetables, eggshells, coffee, tea, nuts, dried flowers and houseplants.


Jenny's Garden

West Harlem W 138th and 12th Avenue

Saturdays 11am-1pm, weather permitting; follow on Facebook for more info

Add browns provided by the garden to your scraps (1:3 ratio), chop, then drop. Gardeners are there to offer help if needed.


The RING Garden

Inwood 1835 Riverside Drive (corner of Broadway and Dyckman St)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am-10am & 4pm-7pm, Saturdays 9am-noon; follow on Facebook for more info

Now open to the public as part of Phase 4 (see hours), this garden accepts: vegetable and fruit peels/pits/scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters, tea leaves and paper tea bags (no plastic tea bags), plus dead houseplants/leaves (but no houseplants affected by plant disease, fungus, or pests).


Thanks to @harlem.zerowaste.initiative for the info. And if you're looking for a full list of composting spots across the city, be sure to check out @ahealthyblueprint.


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