Food Scraps

NEWS FLASH:

Hudson Compost Services (HCS) has partnered with the Town of Greenburgh to provide you weekly food scrap pickups. For $5/week, HCS has begun offering curbside pickup (similar to current trash/recycling programs) and delivery of your food scraps to designated composting drop-off sites. To sign up or to learn more, please visit hudsoncompost.com

HCS began operating food-scrap pickups in 2019, servicing the residents of Hastings-on-Hudson as a pilot program. After successfully onboarding and managing over 50 subscriptions and receiving nothing but positive feedback from our members, HCS is beginning to expand to other neighboring communities. We plan to roll out our town-wide Greenburgh operations in Spring 2021.

Our mission is to make composting simple, efficient, and hassle-free. Composting is great for the environment as it reduces your carbon footprint, generates natural fertilizer, and can reduce your household’s trash output by 50%.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at support@hudsoncompost.com.

Food Scrap Drop Off Program

The Village of Irvington is participating in Greenburgh’s food scrap recycling program through the village’s all-volunteer Green Policy Task Force. In January 2018, The Town of Greenburgh, in partnership with the Greenburgh Nature Center, launched the largest residential food scrap recycling program (PDF) in Westchester County.

Where Can I Take My Food Scraps?

For your convenience, the Irvington Green Policy Task Force is collecting food scraps right here in Irvington at the Farmers Market at Main Street School! Green Policy Task Force volunteers will collect the food scraps in large bins which are then transported along with food scraps from Main Street School to the processing center in Ulster.

This season (Dec thru April), the Irvington Farmers Market runs on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 9:30am-1:00pm, and then weekly every Sunday during the Summer and Fall. (Please see the Irvington Farmer’s Market page for current schedule details.)

Which Food Scraps Are Accepted?

All food scraps, including but not limited to meat, bones, dairy, fish, fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, cooked food, leftover food, pizza box etc. will be accepted. The collected food scraps will then be transferred to a commercial composting facility to be recycled into nutrient-rich compost.


Click here for information on backyard composting.

Get Your Compost Storage Kit.

Complete compost storage kits (kitchen counter caddie, roll of plant-based liner bags, and a larger locking bulk transporter) are available for $20 in the Village Administrator’s office in Village Hall, or sometimes at the GPTF table during Farmers Market hours (please bring cash or check).

Learn more about Composting here.

Tips

  • Please use only compostable bags (not plastic or “bio-degradable” bags) for your scraps. Additional bags are available at the GPTF’s Farmer’s Market table, Irvington Village Hall, or at Anthony F Veteran Park in Hartsdale (Greenburgh). Cost is $2 for a roll of 25 bags.

  • Un-bagged food scraps will also be accepted at the drop off.

  • To reduce odors, we recommend saving meat, fish, and bone leftovers in your freezer until ready to transfer to the Farmers Market.

  • Please - no plastic bags, rubber bands, twist ties or wires. Only food scraps, paper towel and napkins.

  • Read the Food Scrap Recycling flyer (PDF) for more information and suggestions.

Download these guidance documents for collecting and dropping off food scraps for compost.

We Can Help!

If you cannot bring your food scraps to the Irvington Farmers Market, here is a list of locations and hours of other drop off sites. If you are unable to drop off, we may be able to connect you to others in Irvington who can take your food scraps. Email us to discuss possibilities.

The County recently started construction on CompostED, the Department of Environmental Facility’s new Compost and Education Facility in Valhalla. CompostED will be a small scale compost demonstration facility, offering educational tours and classes on the benefits of composting and for municipalities on incorporating food scraps in municipal yard waste composting activities. The facility is slated to open in Spring 2021.

DEF and the County also recommend that residents compost at home when they are able. The County sells compost bins and rain barrels at wholesale cost. Next sale will be April 24, please contact PLM9@WestchesterGov.com for details.