Community Composting Initiative

compostWant to minimize your food waste? Reduce your ecological footprint? Start composting with BJ’s new composting initiative! NYC launched a pilot composting program in 2014 and since then, it has expanded to all five boroughs and continues to grow. We have been part of the program since the summer of 2015, composting food scraps from our Lunch Program and our CSA, and are excited to expand to offer the opportunity to the whole community. Our goal is to provide a convenient location to bring household compost and we hope those who are nearby and frequent the building will take advantage of the program.

Collecting Compostables

Step 1: Separate your food scraps, like dinner leftovers, excess food from cooking, or rotten foods. This includes meats, bones, and cheeses: basically anything that used to be alive.

Step 2: Place your scraps into a container. You can keep the container on your counter top, in the refrigerator, or in your freezer to alleviate smells between drop offs.

Step 3: Work it into your routine! Bring your food scraps to the BJ Community House, 270 West 89th Street, whenever you visit. It’s free to BJ members and the local community. The building is generally open from 7:30AM-7:00PM Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30AM-4:00PM Fridays, and 9:30AM-11:00AM on Sundays.

organics bins


compost containersMethods of Storing:

  • BioBag compostable bag*
  • Paper bag
  • Plastic Ziploc bags or plastic containers with lids (in the freezer, for transporting purposes only, not compostable)

*We are happy to offer free 3-gallon counter top bins and bags to those who would like them to start collecting at home. Supplies are limited.

Compostable Items

• Food Scraps (anything that used to be alive)
• Bread, grains, and pasta
• Coffee grounds with paper filter
• Cheese and all dairy
• Eggshells and eggs
• Fruit (pits, seeds, and shells)
• Meat (including bones)
• Fish
• Vegetables and peels
• Nuts and nutshells
• Flowers and floral trimmings
• Leftovers and spoiled food
• Tea and tea bags
• Food-soiled paper
• Paper napkins, paper towels, paper bags, and tissues


Why Participate in this Program?

Benefits of Composting

• Composting recycles food scraps by adding important nutrients back to the soil and completing the food cycle
• Roughly 29% of household waste is organic and can be composted*
• When you compost you are recycling, diverting waste from overcrowded landfills and reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

Benefits to BJ Members

BJ wants to make it easy for Members to recycle more and waste less by offering this convenient compost drop off program.
The first 20 members to bring in their compost and connect with Larissa will get a free countertop compost collection bin. Others can receive free compostable BioBags.

Benefits to NYC—Achieving Zero Waste

New York City has set a goal of contributing zero waste to landfills by 2030. There’s no “away” when we throw garbage into a can or litter basket. Trash goes into landfills, where it decomposes—sending methane, carbon dioxide and toxins into our air, soil and water. New Yorkers will be protecting our environment more than ever before.
*Source: The Official Website of the City of New York

Additional Resources

Bring Your Compost to Local Greenmarkets

For those community members who do not live on the Upper West Side, below is a list of Greenmarkets that accept compost*:

More information on acceptable items and a full list of drop off locations can be found on the Grow NYC website.
*GrowNYC markets do not accept meat, fish, or dairy.

Educate Yourself

Visit: for more information on reducing food waste in your home.