Thermophilia: Why Our Piles Are Hot!
A special thermometer measures the internal temperature of a compost pile.
At the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse, we use thermophilic composting—more colloquially known as hot composting—to break down all of the materials we process. Thermophilic piles naturally heat to temperatures above 104°F and maintain these temperatures for anywhere between several days to several months. It seems crazy to think that just by piling up organic material and enriching them with the right balance of water and oxygen, we can achieve temperatures of 150°F or more, even in the winter months! How is that possible? you might ask. The answer, simply put, is microbes.

Click here to learn how our compost windrows heat up naturally.
Food Scrap Drop-off News
As of Tuesday, September 4, the Vernon-Jackson Food Scrap Drop-off is now held on Tuesdays from 8 to 11am. The location remains the same, as do the organics we're able to receive. Can't make it Tuesdays? Check our website for a full list of our drop-offs, or here for drop-offs all over the city.
Ribbon Cutting at Queensbridge Community Compost Site
You're invited to our Ribbon Cutting at the new Queensbridge Community Compost Site on Friday, October 12 from 2 to 5pm. Featuring tours, special guest speakers, bulb planting, and more! RSVP here.
Compost in Action!
A pile of NYC Compost Project Compost next to a lush garden bed.
Our compost works to spruce up, enrich, and improve the health of ornamental garden beds. With yearly application of finished compost, these gardens are looking lush!
Shovels line a finished compost pile.
Finished compost waits patiently to be bagged at our Queensbridge site, so that it can get out into the field and do some good around New York City. Are you up for the challenge?
Calling all gardeners! Calling all volunteers! Whether you need to request compost for a public greening project or want to volunteer with us, we've got you covered!
Sustainable Events, Opportunities, and Readings
Look Who's Hiring!

Big Reuse

Friends of the Highline


The HOPE Program

Make the Road NY

New Yorkers for Parks

Queens County Farm

Transportation Alternatives

Urban Upbound
Other Opportunities
Participatory Budgeting 

Flux Factory Residency

Partnerships for Parks Grants

Young Farmers Conference

27th Annual USCC Conference

The Daffodil Project

International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

Zero Waste Building Maintenance Training

Citizen Pruner Training

Preserving the Harvest, September 26, The Youth Farm

Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board, September 26, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

World Habitat Day Compost Workday, October 1, East River Park Compost Yard

How to Run a Successful Park Group, October 1, Southbridge Towers Community Room

Winter Dressing for Tree Beds, October 10, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Lead Legacy Town Hall, October 19, Brooklyn College

Just Food G.A.L.A., October 30, Metropolitan Pavilion

Stop 'N' Swap, Through October, Various Locations
Green Reads

Reminder: Humans Still Waste Way Too Much Food

As New York and London Mayors, We Call on All Cities to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Old Tappan Zee Bridge Gets New Life as Artificial Reef

Lead may be out of paint and gasoline. But it’s still in the soil.

The Explosive Problem with Recycling iPads, iPhones and Other Gadgets: They Literally Catch Fire

From Fish to Humans, A Microplastic Invasion May Be Taking a Toll

Healthy Soil is Ground Zero for Environmental Justice in Farm Communities
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