Food Scrap Recycling (Composting) in Westchester
Composting your food scraps is one of the most direct ways that you can lower your carbon footprint, give back to the Earth, and inspire friends and family to follow suit. Fortunately, many towns in Westchester now have a food scrap recycling program, where residents can bring their food scraps along with regular recycling to their designated drop off facilities. Please see below for more information on your town’s drop off location.
Why is this important? here’s a reminder (from the Scarsdale Food Scrap guide):
“Why Recycle Food Scraps? Food scraps are one of the largest components of trash sent to landfills and incinerators. However, food scraps are not trash, they are a resource that can be turned into useful compost. Recycling food scraps into compost captures their nutrients and energy and returns them to the environment. When food scraps are sent to a landfill or incinerator this resource is lost. In a landfill, food scraps create methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas that traps CO2 and contributes to global warming. When sent to an incinerator, food scraps reduce the efficiency of the incinerator because they contain water and therefore don’t burn well. Composting food scraps turns that story around! Instead of wasting energy trying to burn food, or creating methane from landfilling it, composting food scraps produces a useful and valuable product that gives back to our nutrient life cycle resulting in cleaner soil, water and air.”
“What Is Compost? Compost is a soil amendment which enriches our soil. When purchasing a bag of potting soil or observing your landscaper putting down “dirt” you are using compost. Compost benefits our landscape by maximizing plant growth, preventing soil erosion and mitigating the frequency of water, fertilizer and pesticide use. By recycling your food scraps you are reducing waste and creating compost – a double win!”
Look further to see if your town is on this list
- Village of Scarsdale – also has a home pick-up option for Scarsdale residents
- Village of Larchmont
- Village of Mamaroneck
- Town of Mamaroneck
- Rye Brook
- Sleepy Hollow
- Dobbs Ferry
- New Castle
- City of Rye
- Town of Greenburgh
- Pound Ridge
Don’t see your town? Check google! More towns are taking on this initiative every day.
Michelle Sterling and Ron Schulhof are the founders of the food scrap recycling program. After founding the program in Scarsdale, they have since helped bring their program to over 40 towns, houses of worship, and schools. Scarsdale is in the pilot phase of their home-pick up program, and they hope to expand that option as well. Michelle and Ron are incredibly knowledgeable resources to have, committed to environmentalism (with regards to composting and other initiatives) and Tikkun Olam. For any questions about composting in your town or if you would like to bring food scrap recycling to your house of worship or school, please contact Michelle Sterling or Ron Schulhof at: Michellesterling1@gmail.com and Rkschulhof@gmail.com.
Michelle and Ron are both experts in this field, having worked on initiatives ranging from composting, to LED lighting and pesticide spray research. Read more about their tremendous achievements here.