Food Scrap Drop-Off (FSDO)

The Kew Gardens CSA Food Scrap Drop-Off is open from 8:30am to NOON on Sundays in the Kew Gardens Cinemas Park, on Austin St. off of Lefferts Blvd.

Thx to Queens Botanical Garden, Big Reuse, the Kew Gardens Cinemas, and our KG neighbors.

We are volunteer-driven. Would you like to help out? We have a group of dedicated volunteers whose faces you probably know if you are a regular scrapper at our site—Jason, Ting, Marilyn, Ron and Kevin. If you would like to help either ongoing through the season or as a onesie, speak to us at the site and we will fill in our calendar together. We are very flexible.

In the News: Thank you Queen Courier and Carlotta Mohamed for this wonderful piece on our FSDO:

In the event of inclement weather, we will post open/closed information at the top of this page and also on the Kew Gardens CSA Fb page, Twitter and Instagram. Or call 718 971 3001.

Please pick up the informative materials on the QBG table and sign up for the monthly newsletter. The QBG website has useful info and why not become a member of Queens Botanical Garden? Join. We also like their Instagram page: qbgcompost

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: I store my scraps in a compostable bag which I purchase. Why can’t I drop that bag into the bin along with my scraps?

Answer: We discourage that practice because while it is a good move, the compost bags will break down more slowly than the food scraps and so are not appropriate for this project. But thx anyway and we encourage the use of those bags for storage.

Question: Where does the compost go after it leaves the KG site?

Answer: The bins go to a facility in Long Island City for processing.

Question: Can we bring bags of leaves?

Answer: Some. While bagging leaves for pickup and composting is a good, green practice, we cannot accept a large number of bags of leaves at our FSDO. Accepting a large number of bags of leaves does not fall within our mission, however it is true that yard waste is good for the pile. So, it is a good idea to speak to us first.

Question: How can we contact you?

Answer: The Kew Gardens CSA is the host for the FSDO at the Cinemas Park on Sundays. You can email us at kewgardenscsa@gmail.com or call 718 971 3001.

Question: Do you give away compost?

Answer: Yes, we do. In collaboration with the Queens Botanical Garden we will distribute small bags of compost every so often (Quarterly?). We will post dates of forthcoming compost givebacks.

Question: I need compost for my backyard gardening. Can you supply large bags?

Answer: Please refer to the GET COMPOST page on the nyc.gov website. The bottom of the page has info about the NYC Compost Project partners who can help orgs and individuals get compost.