Food Scrap Recycling
About the Food Scrap Recycling Initative
Photo of Greenburgh recycling transfer site by Tim Lamorte of Rivertowns Enterprise
Starting 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.
As of January 17th, Anthony F Veteran Park in Hartsdale will have a drop-off site open daily from 8am-8pm to collect food scraps from the 135,000 residents of the Town of Greenburgh and its villages.
All food scraps, including but not limited to meat, bones, dairy, fish, fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, cooked food, leftover food, etc. will be accepted. The collected food scraps will then be transferred to a commercial composting facility upstate to be recycled into nutrient-rich compost.
With the launch of the Town of Greenburgh program, the population of Westchester residents with access to a food scrap drop-off site will nearly triple. Greenburgh will be following in the footsteps of Scarsdale, Larchmont-Mamaroneck, and Bedford, whose programs serve approximately 70,000 Westchester residents in total.
The Village of Irvington is also participating in this program through the village's all-volunteer Green Policy Task Force.
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 take the aggregate materials to Anthony Veteran Park collection site to spare you the time, effort, and carbon expenditure of having to drive your food scraps over yourself.
The Irvington Farmers Market runs on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9am-1:00pm during the winter (Jan thru April), and then weekly every Sunday during the Summer and Fall. (Please see the Irvington Farmer’s Market page for current schedule details.)
If you cannot come to the Farmers Market to drop off your scraps, please let us know----We may be able to connect you to others in Irvington who can take your food scraps to Anthony Veteran Park at another time. Email us to discuss possibilities.
Complete compost storage kits (kitchen counter caddie, roll of liner bags, and a larger locking bulk transporter) are available for $20 in the Village Administrator’s office in Village Hall, or at the GPTF table during Farmers Market hours.
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. 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.