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 (EPA 2013).  After trying to prevent food waste from happening by right sizing meals and donating any still edible, non-perishable food to local food pantries you can compost your inedible food scraps at home right in your backyard.  Composting is not only a great solution for reducing landfill waste but it can help sequester carbon from the atmosphere and improve soils in your garden.

For more information on composting at home, read this brochure: A Beginner’s Guide to Composting 

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale Webpage

Pre-order composting bins, rain water collection barrels and more.  

For Businesses

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

More Links

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.