Gowanus Canal Conservancy has been composting on the Salt Lot since 2011. In 2017, thanks to funding from District 39 participatory budgeting, Gowanus Canal Conservancy worked with NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse to begin operating the largest community-based compost facility in Brooklyn. Using electric blowers to force air through the compost pile, the facility is capable of processing up to 150 tons of organic matter per year.

Winter 2021 Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities 

Join us this winter for a compost work day or site tour! All in-person events are limited in space and socially distant. Face masks are required. Register here for the following dates:

– Gowanus Community Compost Site Tour (Mondays from 1:30 – 2:30 pm)

– Compost Work Day (Tuesdays starting in February from 9:30 am – 12 pm)

Food Scrap Drop-Offs

Our food scrap drop-off bins are open at the Salt Lot, located on 2 Second Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215. We accept food waste from households only. No businesses or other commercial generators may drop off. No meat or dairy please! Come by and drop off your scraps at a time that is convenient for you! 

Free Compost

We have FREE compost available for pre-order and pick-up only. Due to COVID-19 precautions you must bag your own compost and bring your own containers and tools. Refer to this compost tip sheet to determine the amount of compost you need for your project. Remember that a little compost goes a long way! Reserve your compost here.

Before You Pick-up:
The health and safety of our community is a priority. If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT engage in stewardship activities outside the home:

– You are sick
– You are an older adult and/or have chronic health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.

When You Pick-up:
– Do not gather in groups and keep at least six feet between you and others.

– Wear a face covering. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering prevents you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.

– Wash your hands often, including at the start and end of your volunteer opportunity. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

– Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

– Do not shake hands.

Only one person should come to the pick-up (if more than one person, everyone must be in the same household). Please come at the designated time on your ticket and follow the guidelines of NYC Department of Health for going outside, which includes practicing social distancing by maintaining a six feet distance from others and wearing a face covering.

Partners and Sponsors

NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Stephen Levin
NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)