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NYC, NY - The NYC Compost Project by Big Reuse

Retrofitting a Residential Composting Project

Big Reuse is a non-profit, community composting project that is funded by and is part of the Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY) project for the residential drop off of food scraps.  The project site is under the Queensboro Bridge in Queens (Long Island City neighborhood) with apartment complexes located within 200 feet of the site location.


Site Name: The NYC Compost Project

Ownership: Big Reuse

Location: Long Island City, NY

Start-Up: 2014 / Facility Upgrade 2017

Product: SG MOBILE® System with GORE® Cover

Input quantity: 100 tons/batch = approximately 650 TPY

No. of Heaps: 1 heap, 1 covered, 50 ft. x 26 ft. x 9 ft. each

Treatment Time: 8 weeks: 4 weeks in phase 1 - Covered; 4 weeks in phase 2 - Positive Air ASP

Aeration: On-ground Pipe

Control Parameters: Oxygen Control Mode

Input material: Source Separated Organics (Residential Drop-off) / Wood Chips & Yard Waste

Equipment: Pre-Treatment (Mixer) / Skid Steer / Mobile Screen

End Product: High Quality Finished Compost


Adding Community Value

In 2013,  Sustainable Generation retrofit the existing positive air ASP, which used a compost cap, by upgrading it to the SG Mobile® System with GORE® Cover to address environmental and community concerns pertaining to odors and vector attraction.

In the fall of 2017, the facility was relocated about 200 yards further down under the Queensboro Bridge and  changed from a one heap SG MOBILE® System with on-floor aeration to two (one heap and one bunker) SG MOBILE® Systems with in-ground trenching to provide clear separation of stormwater from leachate.


The SG MOBILE® System under the Queensboro Bridge


Compliance and Consistency for the Community

Of significant importance to the Big Reuse project was the SG MOBILE® System with GORE® Cover capability to comply with the state and local regulatory requirements for:

  1. Meeting air quality standards for odor control

  2. Meeting Vector Attraction Reduction (VAR) requirements

  3. Producing high quality finished compost

In 2017, the facility upgrade allowed the processing capacity to nearly triple, increasing from approximately 300 TPY to 800 TPY.


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