Composting Food Scraps & Yard Waste
The organics waste stream is comprised of yard waste, food scraps and food soiled paper, totaling approximately one third of our total Municipal Solid Waste. 18% of our total Municipal Solid Waste are Food Scraps (NYSDEC Beyond Waste). The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 96 billion pounds of food are wasted each year in the U.S. costing one billion dollars to manage. To address this growing dilemma, food waste should be prevented by planning meals and donating any still edible, non-perishable food to local food pantries. For your inedible food scraps, you can compost at home right in your backyard. Composting is not only a great solution for reducing landfill waste but it can help mitigate Greenhouse Gas emissions, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and improve soils in your garden.
For more information on composting at home, see this brochure: A Beginner’s Guide to Composting . You can also purchase your own composter online at cost and pick it up from the pre-determined pick up location indicated in the below section titled: "Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale Webpage". All sales are final and no walk-up purchases will be permitted.
Warwick residents can drop off their Food Scraps at The Food Scraps Drop-off Site at Warwick Valley Farmers' Market. The Food Scraps Drop-off Site will be available to the public every Sunday at the market between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM, September 4th through November 20th. Trained volunteers at the Food Scraps Drop-off Site at Warwick Valley Farmers' Market will educate participants on how to separate food scraps from solid waste generated at home, and how to drop off Food Scraps at the Drop-off Site location. Food Scraps collected at the market will be transported by volunteers from Sustainable Warwick to a local farm where it will be composted at no cost to the public.
The location of the Food Scraps Drop-off Site at Warwick Valley Farmers' Market will be near the Farmers' Market Manager's Tent at 21 South Street in Warwick. All meat and dairy, as well as any food scraps generated from businesses, will not be accepted at the Food Scraps Drop-off Site at Warwick Valley Farmers' Market. For additional information, visit https://www.warwickvalleyfarmersmarket.org/.
Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale Webpage
The Fall 2022 Composter and Rain Barrel Sale is now over. Please stay tuned for more opportunities to purchase Composters and Rain Barrels at cost in 2023.
Per the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling Law to be enacted in 2022, all businesses generating over 1 ton of food waste is obligated to donate excess edible food and send food scraps for composting (if within 25 miles of a composting facility). For more information, see the following guide titled: Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law Guidance for New York State Businesses
Cornell Cooperative Extension Backyard Composting Programs - Find workshops to learn more about composting at home in your own back yard.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Organics Waste Management - Information and technical Assistance on organics waste management for schools, farms, institutions as well as residents.
Guide to Apartment & Condo Composting - Did you know you can compost even in an apartment? This site contains Information about composting when you live in a condo or apartment building with links to other sites with more information and videos.