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FAQ
When can I drop off my food scraps?
Our drop-off sites are open once per week. Currently, we're collecting scraps on Sundays at the McGolrick Park from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and at Transmitter Park from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on weekly updates including weather-related closures, schedule changes, and more! 
Are there any safety protocols I should know about for drop-off?
Yes! You must be wearing a mask to drop off your scraps with us. No mask, no scraps. Please also keep a six-foot distance from other people when dropping off. If you're worried about safety or if you can't drop off, please reach out to us and we will assist.
What can I put in the bin?
We currently accept the following items: all fruit and vegetable scraps (including citrus), coffee grounds, coffee beans, coffee filters, tea, tea bags (without any metal or plastic), eggshells, bread, rice, dry grains, nuts, compostable cups, dishes, and utensils.
The following items are NOT accepted: meat, fish, whole eggs, bones, oyster, clam, or mussel shells, dairy products, rubber bands, gloves, plastic, paper towels and napkins, kitty litter or other pet waste. Please do NOT put these items in the bins. 
Where do the scraps go?
The scraps are transported to Big Reuse in Queens to be processed into nutrient-rich compost! The finished compost is distributed to community gardens, farms, and individuals throughout New York City and helps amend contaminated urban soils. 
How much does the program cost for participants?
The program is free, but we are always accepting donations to cover the cost of supplies. If you're interested in making a donation, you can do so via North Brooklyn Mutual Aid
I'm interested in composting at home but I don't know where to begin! Can you help?
We are happy to hear that you're interested in home composting! You can find resources and guides to indoor and outdoor composting in the section above. Please feel free to reach out to us with compost-related questions and we will do our best to provide guidance and specific resources!
I thought New York City already had composting programs. What happened?
NYC's compost programs were suspended due to budget cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can let Mayor de Blasio and the City Council know that composting is essential by signing this petition: Mayor de Blasio: Composting Is Essential To NYC
You can also show your support for composting in NYC by signing this petition: Save Composting In NYC!
Follow the #SaveOurCompost movement on Twitter and Instagram for updates on webinars, petitions, and other actions you can take to show your support for composting!