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Autumn Leaf Composting & Disposal

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Due to budget cuts, the NYC Department of Sanitation’s leaf and yard waste composting collection program is suspended until further notice. When the leaf and yard waste composting collection program is reinstated, residents in yard waste collection districts, including Brooklyn Community District 14, will receive a mailer detailing the collection dates and proper set out for leaf composting.  During the suspension, leaves and yard waste will be collected with regular household refuse on regularly scheduled refuse collection days. (*Paper lawn & leaf bags may not be used during the suspension, since leaves and yard waste are collected as regular trash. Residents and institutions must use either opaque plastic bags or rigid containers to set out leaf and yard waste for Sanitation collection, since they are handled as regular trash.)

DSNY heartily encourages composting leaves and other yard waste wherever possible, by raking leaves into a pile and letting nature do its work. Continue reading below for a list of Composting Locations in Brooklyn Community District 14 For composting guidelines and to find out about community gardens that accept bagged leaves from the public (in paper or clear plastic bags without twigs or trash,) keep reading below (for CD14 locations) or contact the NYC Compost Project or visit to find out more about leaf collection programs around the city.

It is illegal for landscapers to dispose of yard waste by placing it at the curb for DSNY collection. According to NYC’s Yard Waste Composting Law, violators will be subject to escalating fines. This law requires landscapers to bring leaf and yard waste to a composting facility.   If you have any questions about how to dispose of leaves or yard waste, call 3-1-1 or contact the Community Board District Office at 718-859-6357. 

Brooklyn Community District 14 Composting Locations

Looking for somewhere in CD14 to drop off your bagged autumn leaves or food scraps? Check out the list below.

 1.       Compost For Brooklyn 
Location: Newkirk Ave & East 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11230
: Compost for Brooklyn (community organization)
Materials Accepted
: food scraps, leaves, garden trimmings (Place leaves & trimmings in clear plastic or brown paper bags.)
Days and Hours
: Sat, 10 AM– 1 PM; Sun, 1 – 4 PM; Thurs, 4:30 to 6:30 PM

 2.      Cortelyou Greenmarket
: Cortelyou Road between Argyle & Rugby Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Organizer: NYC Dept. of Sanitation & GrowNYC Food Waste Drop-Off Program
Materials Accepted: food scrap & leaves
(Leaves must be in clear plastic or brown paper bags.)
Days and Hours: Sundays, 8 am- 1 pm

 3.      Church Avenue Communal Garden
Location: Church Avenue & Flatbush Avenue, behind the Flatbush Reformed Church at Kenmore Terrace and East 21st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Organizer: Community Garden members
Materials Accepted: leaves, garden trimmings, food scraps
Days and Hours: Email for information.

4.     Brooklyn College Garden
Location: 2900 Bedford Avenue, 11201
Organizer: Brooklyn College
Materials Accepted: leaves, garden trimmings, food scraps
Days and Hours: Unlisted. Call 718-951-5000 for information.

5. Flatbush CommUNITY Garden 
: 1550 Albemarle Road, at Buckingham Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Organizer: Not open to the public. Members only.
Materials Accepted: varies
Member Days & Hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun: 7 AM – 7 PM


Topics: Community Environment, Sanitation