Food Scrap Drop-Off (FSDO)

The Kew Gardens CSA Food Scrap Drop-Off is open from 8:30am to 11:30am 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.

NEWS 3/4: We have learned that there is a 50% reduction in funding for Community Composting in the proposed budget for FY23. A call to action is issued and citizens are encouraged to sign the online petition and to contact their City Councilperson, as they control the final budget. See our Facebook post on Kew Gardens, Queens site.

We are volunteer-driven. Would you like to help out? We have a dedicated group of volunteers whose faces you probably know if you are a regular scrapper at our site—Jason, Ting, Marilyn, Sara, Brigitte, Ron and Kevin. If you would like to help either ongoing through the season or as a onesie, contact us. We usually have an 8:30 to 10am slot and a 10am to 11:30 slot.

NEWS 2/20/2022: Mayor Adams is cutting the Curbside Composting program. The Food Scrap Drop-Off (FSDO) remains in place. We will be here. We will stay on this developing story and will post updates here and on our Facebook page. Here is a story from the NYTimes.

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.

Big Thanks to Queens Botanical Garden for organizing sites across the borough; DSNY for materials, services; Big Reuse for the toters and more; Kew Gardens Cinemas for sponsoring; And neighbors for encouragement.

Please pick up the informative materials on the QBG table and sign up for the monthly newsletter. Their 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.

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: No. While bagging leaves for pickup and composting is a good, green practice, we cannot accept bags of leaves at our FSDO. Accepting large bags of leaves does not fall within our mission. Please refer to the DSNY website for day/date for putting leaves by the curb. In Queens, they advise: Set out leaves curbside in paper lawn and leaf bags or unlined bins after 4 PM on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

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

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.