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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 or mulch.

1) Households can purchase a site pass.


OCRRA will offer three different Compost Site Passes starting in 2016! Join our email list to be notified of the official roll out and be the first to get your pass in 2016. 

2) Commercial users or residents buying in bulk do not need a pass. They are charged on a volume-based scale.

3) Residents looking for bagged compost may purchase it at one of the partnering retail locations listed below. (Call ahead, some locations also sell in bulk!)




Partnering Retail Locations

Stop by one of these retail locations to purchase OCRRA's premium compost by the bag! Looking for compost in bulk? Call ahead, some locations also carry it in bulk.

Aspinall’s Tree Nursery and Landscaping

8797 East Genesee Turnpike, Chittenango, NY 13037

(315) 687-5282

B'ville Supply

82 East Genesee Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027

(315) 635-5408

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

Deaton's Agway

3952 Port Street, Pulaski, NY 13142

(315) 298-2566

EverGreen Landscaping & Garden Center

6278 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13206

(315) 463-0233

Green Acres Garden Center

8389 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13088

(315) 622-1642

Green Hills Farms

5933 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205

(315) 492-1707

Green Scapes

6976 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078

(315) 469-0007

Lan's Flower Farm

4913 Route 31, Clay, NY 13041

(315) 688-8584

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

Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses

125 South Granby Road, Fulton, NY 13069

(315) 592-2773

Silver Spring Farm Market

4461 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

(315) 469-0166

Skaneateles Town Square Ace Hardware
61 Fennell Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152
(315) 685-5748

Sollecito Landscaping Nursery

4094 Howlett Hill Road, Syracuse, NY 13215

(315) 468-1142

T.J.'s Lawns Plus

16 Hoag Drive, Phoenix, NY 13135

(315) 458-LAWN (5296)

Twin Oaks Nursery

4107 New Court Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206
(315) 437-9678

Vollmer Farms & Farm Market

6576 Collamer Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 463-4922

Wagner Farms

5841 Old Oneida Road, Rome, NY 13440

(315) 339-5182

Watson Farms Landscaping & Garden Center

2778 U.S. 11, LaFayette, NY 13084

(315) 677-3157

Westvale Gardens

2400 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13219

(315) 468-5898

Zerrillo Gardens

7581 East Taft Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057

(315) 656-2851

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 Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) certified compost in eight places in Central New York? That's right, and OCRRA's compost is the only local STA certified 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!

Compost Benefits and Instructions for Use

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

Instructions for Use

Learn how much to apply to general plantings as well as lawn and turf by clicking here.

Drop-Off Organic Waste

Yard Waste and Food Scraps

OCRRA operates two compost sites: Amboy and Jamesville. Both sites accept yard waste and food scraps from residents as well as commercial entities. Both sites also sell premium grade compost and mulch. Residential food scraps are also accepted year-round at OCRRA's Rock Cut Road Drop-Off Site

Residents looking to compost their food scraps and / or yard waste may purchase a "Combination" Yard Waste and Food Scrap Pass for $35. It allows for unlimited drop-off of one or both types of material at either at either Compost Site; and now food scraps at the Rock Cut Road location. The Rock Cut Road location does NOT accept yard waste.

NOTE: The $35 "Combination" Yard Waste and Food Scrap Pass for 2015 is valid from April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016 for drop-off only. Compost and mulch are available for sale at bulk rate prices only during winter operation hours (Dec. - Mar.).

Residents must unload their own materials. All yard waste and food scraps must be dropped-off in the appropriate collection area. If you plan on self-loading mulch or compost (Apr. 1-Nov. 30), we recommend that you bring a shovel or pitchfork and containers that are easy to carry, such as 5-gallon plastic buckets. 

  • Compost Area (Soft Waste): Food scraps, garden waste, grass, hay, leaves, plants, and straw.
  • Mulch Area (Hard Waste): Brush, hedge trimmings, pine cones, pine needles, sticks, tree limbs and trunks and vines. (Stumps and over-size tree trunks - greater than 36” diameter - are prohibited at the Jamesville Compost Site, but can be accepted at the Amboy Compost Site.)

Acceptable Items:
Fruit, beans, bones, bread, brush, coffee grounds, coffee filters, eggs, dairy, fish, garden wastes, grains, grass, hay, hedge trimmings, leaves, meat, paper cups, paper napkins, paper towels, pine cones, pine needels, plants, sticks, straw, tea bags, tree limbs, tree trunks, vegetables and vines.

Prohibited Items:
Blacktop, concrete, diapers, dirt, garbage, glass, landscape fabric, lumber, metal, paper, pet waste, plastic items (including bags), rocks, rubber, soil and Styrofoam. (Stumps and over-size tree trunks - greater than 36” diameter - are prohibited at the Jamesville Compost Site, but can be accepted at the Amboy Compost Site).



Christmas Trees 

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 Jan. 4 and  Jan. 16, 2016. 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 Scrap Composting

Commercial entities can compost their food scraps through OCRRA's Amboy Compost Program, while residents can bring their food scraps to either of OCRRA's Compost Sites, the Rock Cut Road Drop-Off Site, or do indoor and/or outdoor composting at home.


Site Hours, Directions and Fees

» Amboy Compost Site
» Jamesville Compost Site
» Rock Cut Road Drop-Off Site (food scrap drop-off only, year-round)





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