Did you know about 15% of Onondaga County’s waste stream is food waste? That's over 39,000 tons! Food waste is the largest component of our trash that could be recycled, but is not…
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Are you a business or school looking to reduce waste and join a prestigious list of environmental champions in Onondaga County? Well, read on to learn about our community's new recipe for recycling!
At the Amboy Compost Site, food waste is mixed in a 3:1 ratio with a bulking agent (yard waste and wood chips). Then it is arranged in 20' x 100' long concrete bunkers that have a system of pipes running beneath them. The pipes are powered by electric blowers that pump air through the piles at scheduled intervals. The pipes allow air to circulate through the piles and create optimal conditions for decomposition.
Residents and businesses can purchase this nutrient-rich material and use it as a soil amendment or top-dressing for lawns and turf.After the food waste has decomposed and has met all of the temperature and monitoring requirements, the finished compost is screened for use as a soil amendment. This nutrient-rich compost is sold to the community at multiple retail locations and at OCRRA’s Amboy and Jamesville Compost Sites.
OCRRA’s composting process generates enough heat to make virtually weed, seed and plant born pathogen-free compost. Check out our most recent test results.
Learn about the "new recipe for recycling" in Onondaga County!
Diverting or collecting food waste is easy. All you need to do is let your employees know what items are acceptable. Then place collection containers (pails) in the food preparation areas for employees to fill.
Many local businesses are already reaping the benefits of food waste diversion and composting. For example, Syracuse University is composting food waste from their dining halls in order to achieve their sustainability goals. After just one semester of collection, SU diverted some 30 tons of food waste and they are still going strong! Periodic reminders, whether through meetings or simply posting the list of acceptable items near the collection containers will help people remember what goes where.
OCRRA salutes the local businesses and schools that are leading the environmental pack by composting their food scraps with OCRRA:
• Crouse Hospital
• Destiny USA (25+ food service locations)
• Empire Brewing Company
• Jordan-Elbridge School District
• Fayetteville-Manlius School District
• Giovanni Food Company, Inc.
• Le Moyne College
• Marcellus Central School District
• Onondaga Community College
• Pastabilities Restaurant
• Paul deLima Coffee
• Ramada Inn
• Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
• SUNY Upstate at Community General Hospital
• SUNY Upstate University Hospital
• Syracuse Banana
• Syracuse University
• The Centers at St. Camillus
• The Oncenter
• Wegmans (8 CNY stores)
Save your food scraps and spoiled food and bring it to OCRRA; we’ll turn it into nutrient-rich compost that can be used on landscapes and gardens to grow healthy plants. Meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, eggshells, breads, grains, pasts, coffee grounds, paper towels and even tea bags and coffee filters can be composted at OCRRA.
Print out this poster to remind you of the items that are acceptable:
Reducing food waste can be as simple as understanding "sell by" dates and improving purchase and storage habits. Learn more in this article.
OCRRA offers tips and a how-to video to help make the process easy.