Since the pandemic, composting has been on hold, but the Dept of Sanitation in August announced that Curbside Composting will be available to ALL residents in Queens starting Oct. 3, 2022. No sign-up is required. All residential buildings – including single family homes, small apartment buildings, and multi-unit residential buildings – will receive weekly collection of leaf yard waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper. Leaf and Yard Waste: Put in a labeled bin or bag separate from trash. Food Scraps and Food-soiled Paper Products: Put in a bin (max: 55 gallons) with a secure lid. Label bin with a free Composting Bin Decal — order at You may also use the brown bin you already have. If you don’t have one, order a free new bin on DSNY’s website by Oct. 1, 2022. All buildings with 10+ units will automatically receive a brown bin to get started. Check DSNY’s website to find your collection day: