About one-third of residential waste within the city is organic, and when commingled with general refuse, it passes through truck-based transfer stations in environmental justice communities in NYC before going to landfills and incinerators outside of the City. Food scraps and yard waste can be used to produce nutrient-rich compost, which, when applied to soils, has numerous social and environmental benefits. In 2020, the de Blasio administration proposed to remove all forms of public composting from the NYC budget, the opposite direction for the City to achieve waste equity and reach its own Zero Waste by 2030 goal. The Save Our Compost coalition, including environmental groups, microhaulers, community-based compost collectors, processors, and other allied organizations and individuals throughout the city, formed in response to this announced decision, and fought the administration’s intention to completely eliminate the food scrap drop off program, successfully restoring a partial $2.8 million of the $7 million budget, and allowing for the re-opening of some sites throughout the City. While the pilot residential organics collection program was cut completely, the coalition has continued to fight to introduce a universal organics collection program, to build up local infrastructure for organics processing, and to reinstate community composting options to stop externalizing our waste and support the manifold benefits that compost application can provide within the city.