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Compost Resources

Bin Sales

The Earth Machine (available to NYC residents for $65, tax included) can be purchased by city residents.  Also available in limited quantities are Compost Cranks for $32 and Rodent Guards for $20.

Please note, bin sales are by appointment only and we accept cash or check payment for bin sales.

To make an appointment, please call the Compost Helpline at 718.539.LAWN (5296) or email compost@queensbotanical.org.

Other types of bins are also available through the NYC Compost Project's host sites citywide.  Visit the NYC Department of Sanitation's site for more information.

Technical Assistance for Community Compost Sites

Please contact us if you are interested in starting a community compost site at your school, garden or apartment building.

Food Scrap Drop-off Sites in NYC

Find a site near you to drop-off your food scraps to be composted locally.

Click for the 2016 list of food scrap drop-off sites.

Project LeafDrop Sites in NYC

Find a location to drop-off your fall leaves to be composted.


Find a location to drop-off your holiday greenery.

NYC Compost Givebacks & Leaf Collection

The Department of Sanitation has the latest information on NYC Compost Givebacks and Leaf Collection services.

NYC Department of Sanitation

Compost and recycling resources.

Where to Buy Worms

NYC's only worm retailer is a great resource for worms ($22 per pound), worm bins, compost bins, potting soil and vermicompost.

Organic Renewal Enterprises
c/o Lower East Side Ecology Center
P.O. Box 20488
New York, NY  10009
Phone: 212.477.4022

More comprehensive list of worm retailers available from the NYC Department of Sanitation.

Worms on the Web

NOTE: Listing does not imply endorsement by QBG.

  • Cornell University's composting website offers concise descriptions of compost "critters" and is illustrated with drawings and photos.  Several interesting pages contain teacher resources and posible student projects.  be sure to check out the section on weird and unusual composting.
  • Worm Woman - Mary Appelhof's website packs in lots of information and trivia. You can even see clips of a worm's hearts (it has 5 pairs!) and baby worms hatching from a cocoon.  Check out the vermicomposting classics, Worms Eat My Garbage and Worms Eat Our Garbage, and other publications.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Technical information on Food Recovery Challenge and educational materials for all ages.
  • Biocycle - trade magazine about composting, renewable energy and sustainability.

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