Commuter Composting Now Available on First Avenue and Houston Street

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 at 9:29 am by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Composting in the neighborhood has gotten a lot easier. Until now, if you wanted to do the right thing, you had to drag your compost to the Union Square Market or over to the Lower East Side Ecology Center on Sundays.

Now you can swing by The NYC Compost Project’s Commuter Composting on the west side of First Avenue between Houston and First Streets, five mornings a week (Monday – Friday, from 8am – 11am). That said, hours are trimmed this week; Commuter Compost is closed this Tuesday and Wednesday morning due to the New Year’s holiday.

For those of you without much space (okay, that’s basically all of us), or those who don’t want to live with the smell of compost in your apartment, you can store your compost in the fridge or freezer.

(This reporter, after putting the kibosh on her spouse’s live worm-composting suggestions, stores compost in reusable plastic bins in the freezer. No muss, no fuss, no flies and definitely no smell.)

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Left: Ryan Green, Compost Assoc. with NYC Compost Project hosted by LES Ecology Center. Photo: Lori Greenberg

Here is the list of what (and what not) to compost (and, once you start composting, you’ll notice how much less garbage you are throwing out):


• Fruit and vegetable scraps

• Coffee grounds, filters, & paper tea bags

• Bread and grains

• Egg and nutshells

• Stale beans, flour, and spices

• Cut or dried flowers

• Houseplants and potting soil


• Meat or fish scraps

• Cheese or dairy products

• Fats, grease, or greasy foods

• Pet feces or litter

• Coal or charcoal ashes

• Non-biodegradable materials

• Diseased or infested plant

NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program is funded and managed by NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse & Recycling and is hosted by Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Click here to get all the “dirt” on Commuter Composting locations elsewhere in the city.

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