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Project LeafDrop supports the efforts of New Yorkers to collect their fallen leaves and divert them from the trash bin to the compost bin.  Leaves are an excellent source of carbon-rich “browns“,  a vital ingredient needed to make compost and it’s in great demand by many community gardens and other greening projects around the City.  We seek to organize and coordinate leaf drop-offs at many of these sites during the fall months.

In 2009, financial pressures forced the NYC Department of Sanitation to suspend it’s annual Leaf and Yard Waste Composting Collection. In response, local composters and concerned citizens banded together to keep organics in our gardens and out of our landfill. Now, with a growing number of participating groups, we’ve found that pro-actively collecting and composting leaves has not only reduced our City’s burden of organic waste, but it has provided tons of wonderfully nutritious compost to greening projects, community gardens, brownfield remediation programs and tree stewards throughout the five boroughs.

What Project LeafDrop can do to help you:

1.  Provide a map of participating sites, with dates and times, where New Yorkers can bring their bagged leaves for recycling into lovely compost.

2.  Provide participating groups with help with outreach, publicity, educational and composting assistance.

3.  Help connect your group with Master Composters and volunteers.

4.  Help coordinate moving any extra bags of leaves you receive to other sites where they can be composted.

If your community garden or greening group would like to participate in Project LeafDrop 2014 and accept bagged, residential leaves or if you’d like to volunteer at a garden, please copy, complete and return the  Registration/Mini-Survey (on the ADD YOUR SITE page) to ASAP.  We’ll add your group and info to our map of Project LeafDrop 2014 sites or help you connect with a garden or project near you where you can volunteer.

Many thanks to DSNY’s NYC Compost Project and Master Composters for helping to advance Project LeafDrop!

The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling.

Questions?  Comments?  Skills?  Want to get involved?  Email us:



2 Downloadable, Writable Flyers to promote your Project LeafDrop events

You can add you group’s name, address, and open hours directly into these writable pdfs

Use these quick templates to announce that your site is accepting leaves or create your own!

Download the above ProjectLeafDrop Flyer: HERE


Download the above Project LeafDrop 2014 Flyer: HERE

Happy fall, everyone!


This fall, NYC residents can bring their bagged leaves to the locations pinpointed on our

Project LeafDrop 2014 Map.

Each group has its own, unique dates and times when they’ll be accepting leaves for composting,

so be sure to check the map for details.

Click the link below for a detailed list of sites.



Check back for updates and additional locations.