Compost Drop-off Sites

Community Compost Drop-Off Sites

Want to compost, but don’t have room or desire to start a backyard compost pile? Then drop off your compost at this growing network of free drop-off sites in the Capital Region. Keep checking back. This list is growing!

Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve & Farm, Wilkins Ave. entrance, drop off 24/7 outside the gate.  They also have a bucket exchange system. NO bags please; just food scraps. See the website for complete rules.

Troy Community Compost drop off Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm at the Troy Farmers' Market. See the Transition Troy website.

Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is at 153 Grand Street; drop off 24/7 outside the gate. Place compost directly into bin or in a compostable bag .

Albany Victory Gardens is located at 456 First Street in the West Hills neighborhood of Albany, between Clinton Ave. and Quail St.

Grow Amsterdam NY drop off on Saturdays by appointment only.  Initial orientation required.  Sign up at  Contact:, 518-620-1802.

Greenwich Free Library is now participating as a drop-off site for your kitchen waste. Call or email the library to register your household, or drop by during "Compost Hours" hours: Tuesday 10-11; Thursday 5-6; Saturday 12-1. Contact, 518-692-7157.

Schenectady Green Market - every Sunday at Proctors from 10AM-2PM.  Accepts meat, fish, dairy.  (Free.)

Center for Sustainable Living in Central Park - Self-service drop with registration. 

If you can take your neighbor’s compost, we encourage you to invite them to do so. Also sign on to, a free community organic waste recycling app that matches backyard composters with folks nearby who are looking for help composting their food scraps.

 Resources for Composting

The Institute for Local Self Reliance website is an excellent comprehensive resource for home composting and community composting, from basics to advanced.

Video: “Make the Most of Compost” from SciShowKids is an upbeat video for kids teaches how you can turn organic waste into nutrient packed soil you can use in the garden.

Video: "The Compost Story" from Kiss The Ground is an entertaining 7-minute video that explains why composting food scraps is essential to our survival on earth, accomplishing everything from building nutrients back into soil to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A companion to the video is “The Soil Story.”

Vermont has banned food waste by requiring residents to now compost any unfinished food. Read about the new law in Fast Company.