Prospect Farm


Temporary Pause in Food Scrap Drop-off 

To all composting enthusiasts, 

We regret to inform you that Prospect Farm will have to place a moratorium on our public food scrap collection project. Due to the Department of Sanitation’s 14 month pause of its organics curbside collection program, we have seen an unprecedented increase in families who want to use our services. 

As much as we would love to, we cannot accommodate the community’s organic waste processing needs due to limitations of space, funds, and the requirements of social distancing. 

For these many very serious reasons, we will have to place a temporary pause in our food scraps drop-off program. 

Details on our temporary pause are as follows:

Saturday, May 9th is the last day we will collect food scraps from the public community until further notice. Please join our email list to receive food drop-off updates as well as resources and information on local composting. 

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This is not a good-bye but a new chapter in food waste resiliency. We will work hard to develop a new, sustainable, and safe plan to resume our project. 


Prospect Farm


What to compost
Accepted materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal etc.), coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants and potting soil.

Please NO meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy, animal waste, litter or bedding, coal or charcoal, coconuts, diseased and/or insect-infested houseplants/soil or biodegradable/compostable plastics.

*Bonus points* Remove rubber bands, labels, etc. and chop food scraps into 1-2″ chunks for faster decomposing.

Bring us your leaves too!


Prospect Farm received a $500 grant for composting from the Citizens Committee / Manhattan SWAB to build an additional 3-bin composting system.