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Compost Let OCRRA Help

OCRRA’s use of cutting-edge compost technology means you get access to stellar compost facilities and products. 


Buy Compost & Mulch 

OCRRA's products are great for use in gardens, window boxes, potted plants and on your lawn. 

How to Get Compost

There are several easy ways to get compost and mulch.

Compost site pass

1) Households can purchase$15 site membership that allows:

  • Drop off unlimited amounts of yard waste at either site.
  • Take away up to 6 cubic yards of compost or 6 cubic yards of mulch per membership pass. For those of you wondering, a cubic yard is roughly equivalent to a standard size pick-up truck load (3' x 3' x 3'). Multiply that by three and you've got a whole lot of compost or mulch!
  • You may load material on your own, or for a modest fee, OCRRA will load it for you.

Get a household membership today!

Purchase a membership online now and we'll mail it to you! Or, if you prefer instant gratification, when the Compost Sites are open, stop by either site and get your pass there!

2) Commercial users or residents buying in bulk do not need a pass. They are charged on a volume-based scale or they can purchase it at one of the partnering retail locations listed below (starting in mid-April 2014).


Partnering Retail Locations

Aspinall’s Tree Nursery and Landscaping

8797 E. Genesee Turnpike, Chittenango, NY 13037

(315) 687-5282

Ballantyne Gardens

4825 Hopkins Road, Liverpool, NY 13088

(315) 453-0621

Buyea's True Value Hardware

131 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035

(315) 655-3822

Gravina Gardens & Ace Hardware

4850 Buckley Road, Liverpool, NY 13088

(315) 457-8585

Green Acres Garden Center

8389 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13088

(315) 622-1642

Green Scapes

6976 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078

(315) 469-0007

Lee's Feed Store

207 Milburn Drive, Syracuse, NY 13207

(315) 469-1481

Manlius True Value Hardware

8225 Cazenovia Road, Manlius, NY 13104

(315) 682-6531

Sollecito Landscaping Nursery

4094 Howlett Hill Road, Syracuse, NY 13215

(315) 468-1142

The Evergreen Mart

6278 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13206

(315) 463-0233

T.J.'s Lawns Plus

16 Hoag Drive, Phoenix, NY 13135

(315) 458-LAWN (5296)

Watson Farms Landscaping & Garden Center

2778 U.S. 11, LaFayette, NY 13084

(315) 677-3157

Westvale Gardens

2400 W. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13219

(315) 468-5898



OCRRA Only Sells USCC Certified Compost


What does that mean? It means OCRRA meets the US Composting Council's Seal of Testing Assurance guidelines. It means we guarantee that our compost is rigorously tested by third party laboratories and that it meets all DEC and EPA requirements. 

In short, it means you are getting high-quality compost that does not vary from batch to batch. Check out our recent test results.

Did you know, you can only get STA compost in two places in NYS? That's right, and OCRRA's compost is the only STA compost created without the use of bio-solids! It is a locally sourced and locally produced compost sold at a price you can't shake a stick at!

Benefits of Using Compost

    • Enriches the soil with nutrients, making your plants grow better
    • Retains moisture, which means you don't have to water as much
    • Supresses plant disease, making your plants healthier
    • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which protects our finite groundwater supply from pollutants

Compost Use Instructions

Compost improves soil fertility and improves plant growth. Learn how much to apply to general plantings as well as lawn and turf by clicking here.

Drop Off Yard Waste

OCRRA operates two compost sites: Amboy and Jamesville. Both sites accept yard waste from the community and sell premium grade compost and mulch. The Amboy Site also accepts food waste from institutions and businesses.

Residents must unload their own yard waste. Please bring a shovel or pitchfork and containers that are easy to carry, such as 5-gallon plastic buckets. Yard waste must be dropped-off in the appropriate collection area.

  • Compost Area (Soft Waste): Garden waste, grass, hay, leaves, plants, and straw.
  • Mulch Area (Hard Waste): Brush, hedge trimmings, pine cones, pine needles, sticks, tree limbs and trunks (less than 24” diameter, and less than 12 feet long), and vines.

Prohibited Items:
Blacktop, concrete, dirt, garbage, glass, landscape fabric, lumber, metal, paper, plastic items (including bags), rocks, rubber, and soil. (Stumps and over-size tree trunks - greater than 24” diameter or longer than 12 feet - are prohibited at the Jamesville Compost Site, but can be accepted at the Amboy Compost Site).


Christmas Tree Drop-Off Program 

Don’t know what to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays? You can recycle it!

Most communities, including the City of Syracuse, provide a curb-side pick up for trees. They simply ask that you put your tree – no plastic bags, lights, tinsel, stands, or ornaments – at your curb during the scheduled pick-up time. Contact your town or village for more info.

Onondaga County residents can also bring their Christmas trees (and leaves and brush) to either of the OCRRA compost sites between Dec. 30, 2013 and Jan. 11, 2014. The sites are open Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm and Saturday 9 am - noon. They are closed on Sundays.

There is no charge to deliver trees to either site. In the spring, the trees are ground into mulch that in turn can be used in gardens and landscaping.


Food Waste Composting

Commercial entities can compost their food scraps through OCRRA's Amboy Compost Program, while residents can do indoor or outdoor composting at home.


Site Hours, Directions and Fees

» Amboy Compost Site
» Jamesville Compost Site

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