Volunteer with one of New York City’s oldest community composting programs! The Lower East Side Ecology Center in partnership with the NYC Compost Project diverts over 400 tons of food scraps from landfills annually. Food scraps are collected locally and then processed into compost at the East River Park Compost Yard. The finished compost is then used for community greening projects to revitalize tree beds and soils across the city.
The Ecology Center and the NYC Compost Project currently seek volunteers to participate in their Compost Volunteer Workdays every last Wednesday of the month, from 1pm -3pm. Work gloves will be provided.
- Sifting and bagging finished compost
- General compost site maintenance such as cleaning up debris
- Site organization
- Other activities related to the composting operations
- Be at least 18 years old
- Wear closed-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty. Work boots or rubber boots recommended.
- Be prepared for a moderate amount of physical activity (shoveling, lifting up to 30lb bags of compost, working up a sweat, etc.)
- Bring your own water bottle
East River Park
FDR Drive btwn Jackson St. and Cherry St., Manhattan
GPS Coordinates: 40°42'40.0"N 73°58'44.2"W
New York, NY 10002
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- One 2-hour volunteer shift