The NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse

Retrofitting a Residential Composting Project

The Challenge

Proving the Value of an Updated Process

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.


Project Details
  • 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® Covers
  • 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: 12 weeks / Positive Air ASP
  • Aeration: On-floor 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

The SG Solution

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.


Results Delivered

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 increase from approximately 300 TPY to 800 TPY.

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