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What to Compost


  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags
  • Bread and grains
  • Egg and nut 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
  • Feathers
  • BPI-Certified compostable plastics


  • Meat or fish scraps
  • Cheese or dairy products
  • Fats, grease, oil, or oily foods
  • Cat or dog feces
  • 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
  • Diseased or insect-infested houseplants and soil
  • Biodegradable plastics

We also accept yard waste at staffed drop-off sites! (Do not bring yard waste to our Big Reuse Brooklyn, Junkluggers, Socrates Sculpture Park, or Broadway Library locations.) Here are suggestions to ensure that your yard waste is composted.

  • Please limit your-drop off to no more than two (2) large yard bags per drop-off period.
  • We cannot accept or process root balls or branches greater than 1/2-inch diameter.
  • Yard waste must be bundled or packaged. We prefer that you bring yard waste in paper refuse bags as they are fully compostable.
  • Do not leave yard waste at the drop-off site unless a staff member is available to accept your drop-off.

For more information, visit the accepted drop-off items page at

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