Sustainable Putnam

Drop-off Community Composting

We’re working to bring a food waste solution to your town: Drop-off Community Composting. Also known as “food scrap recycling,” this program accepts ALL types of food waste: meat, bones, fish, cooked grains, and more.

It’s easy to participate in a drop-off community composting program!

Our first step is to publicize the concept through our website blog, email blasts, press releases, and more. As we do, we’re asking residents to take a brief survey indicating their desire to participate in such a program. We’ll use the results to gauge public support in each town. Next, we’ll meet with town boards with significant residential demand to suggest they implement a drop-off community composting program.

We’ll be using the Town of Phillipstown’s existing program as a model. Here’s how it works.

Participating households will collect their food scraps at home in provided bins, lined with compostable bags. Each “home kit” costs about $20 per household. The small countertop bin is for use during daily food prep and cleanup. Once full, the bag is removed and dropped into the larger Transport Bin, kept indoors or in a garage.

Once each week, the Transport Bin is brought to a convenient location in town and dumped into a larger bin. A carting company delivers it all to a commercial composting facility. From there it’s sold to farms and garden centers as a soil amendment — as nature intended.

Learn how Drop-off Community Composting prevents the generation of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and also builds up our region’s topsoil. Click over to our new page.

We’re working to get Food Scrap Recycling in your Putnam County town.
Learn more and help us make it happen. Click the button to get started!

2 thoughts on “Drop-off Community Composting”

  1. Cindy Teplitsky

    Such a fantastic idea. Less garbage and better soil. This is a win win for everyone.
    I hope many households sign up to get food scrap recycling a reality here in Carmel/Mahopac and throughout our area.

  2. Lynne Bernstein

    Equally important, IMHO, is yard waste composting: brush, leaves and other yard waste that people often just dump in the woods or wetlands. This is a valuable resource for our landscapes and should not be degrading the natural, wild areas. But people take the easy road and just dump it rather than compost it themselves.

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Community Composting

Community Composting

What is drop-off community composting?

  • It’s a solution for food waste that can’t be composted at home: meat, fish, bones, dairy, grains, and more.

  • Your town establishes a voluntary drop-off program

  • Residents collect food scraps at home, then drop off their scraps at a convenient location

  • A commercial composter carts away the food scraps and composts them

  • The finished, nutrient-rich compost is sold to farms and garden centers

People gathered to learn about community composting near compost bins

Why participate?

  • On average, American households waste 30-40% of the food they purchase

  • In a landfill, good waste decomposes anaerobically, producing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas

  • Also known as “food scrap recycling,” it eliminates a major portion of what we send to landfills.

  • For the cost of a countertop container and transport bin, anyone can participate: apartments, condos, single family homes

How can I bring community composting
to my town?

  • Click the blue button to let your town know you’re interested.

  • When resident interest is sufficiently strong, we’ll propose the program to your town board.

  • You can help by sharing a link to this page with friends and neighbors

  • Stay informed.  Click here to receive composting updates

Does my town have community composting?