Composting on Columbia's campuses is becoming more widespread as partnerships with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and private carting companies make pickups easier and more frequent. Learn more about rules for composting and where you can find compost locations on and around campus.


Where can I compost my food scraps?

NYC’s Smart Compost bins

The NYC Smart Compost bin program is expanding throughout the city. New Yorkers can use these bins to drop off food scraps 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Check their site for a list of what can and cannot be composted.

Currently, there are Smart Compost bins installed at:

  • Broadway & 112th Street
  • Amsterdam & 113th Street
  • Amsterdam & 114th Street

Open NYC Smart Compost bins using a simple app. Bins are emptied on a regular basis and the scraps are composted to beautify green spaces across the city. Download the NYC Smart Compost app for free for Android and iOS.

NYC Smart Compost bin being installed on Broadway


The Broadway Greenmarket has a food scrap and textile collection site every Thursday and Sunday through GrowNYC. Check their site for a list of what can and cannot be composted.

Columbia Dining

Learn more about composting in Columbia Dining locations on their website.