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Community Compost Program

Hudson River Park’s Community Compost Program invites you to contribute to the sustainability of your Park and your city. With ten drop-off locations open daily throughout our four-mile footprint, it’s easier than ever to compost your food scraps.

WHERE?

Deposit your food scraps in the brown bins at the following sites from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM daily:

  • Pier 25 at N. Moore St near the Pier 25 Play Area
  • Pier 40 at Houston St near the Leroy Street Dog Park
  • Pier 46 at Charles St
  • Pier 51 at Horatio St near the Pier 51 comfort station
  • 14th Street Park at the southwest corner of 15th St and 10th Ave
  • Chelsea Waterside Park at the 23rd St and 11th Ave entrance
  • Pier 66 at W 26 St (NEW)
  • HRPK’s Compost Center at W 34 St
  • Pier 84 at W 44th St. near the Pier 84 Dog Park
  • Pier 96 Boathouse at W 55 St (NEW)

WHAT?

Be sure to follow these guidelines when bringing your compost to our drop-off sites. Thank you for building a more sustainable future for Hudson River Park and New York City!

Yes

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Teabags
  • Rice, pasta, bread, and cereal
  • Egg and nutshells
  • Dried and cut flowers

No

  • Meat, fish, and bones
  • Cheese and dairy products
  • Fats, grease, and oils
  • Plastic, metal, glass, or foil
  • Produce stickers
  • Teabag staples
  • Bags of any kind

OUR STORY

In 2015, Hudson River Park began composting horticultural waste, including grass clippings and pruned tree material, to help green the Park and support NYC’s zero waste by 2030 goal.  This project was made possible by Hudson River Park Friends, which donated an automated composter, with the generous support of donor Chris Fiore and L Brands Inc.

On June 12, 2017 the Park expanded its composting efforts and launched our Community Compost Program in partnership with NYC’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and then Council Member Corey Johnson. Now at seven locations throughout the Park community members can drop off their food scraps from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM daily.  The Park mixes these food scraps with the Park’s horticulture waste to make healthy compost that then enriches our plant beds and trees to help the Park flourish.

In 2018, HRPK turned nearly 420,000 pounds of organic waste into compost. HRPK employees and community members were educated at workshops, volunteer events and public programming, including the Park’s first annual Pumpkin Smash, to encourage best practices in composting.

2018 Community Compost Program Report

2018 Compost Cartegraph Report

In 2019,  HRPK collected 450,000 pounds of organic and horticulture waste.  Our 2019 Pumpkin Smash event brought 1,200 sustainability enthusiasts to smash over 2,000 pounds of pumpkins.

2019 Community Compost Program Report