By creating compost and mulch, OCRRA reuses millions of pounds of food scraps and yard waste to benefit soil in gardens and landscapes across Onondaga County. By growing food, composting the scraps, and using compost to support the growth of new food – we are creating a circular system with environmental and economic benefits. Residents can drop off unlimited amounts of food and yard waste with an annual compost site pass or create their own compost!

Pick Up Compost & Mulch

OCRRA’S compost mixes food scraps with certain types of yard waste to produce a high-quality product that is certified by the U.S. Composting Council. Our compost can be purchased by the bag, trunk load, or we’ll load the back of your pick-up truck. Mulch, produced by grinding trees and other yard waste, can also be purchased to beautify landscapes and suppress weeds.

Drop Off Food & Yard Waste

With an annual Compost Site Pass, residents in Onondaga County can drop off unlimited amounts of acceptable food and yard waste at OCRRA’s Amboy and Jamesville Compost Sites. This is a convenient way to reduce waste and get rid of materials on your schedule. Site passes can be purchased online, through the mail, or in-person at our compost locations.

Reduce Food Waste

Planning plays a big role in reducing food waste at home, in the office and at school. OCRRA offers tips and recipes to organize your cupboards, learn about “best by” labels and reuse food scraps. Learn how local businesses and schools are diverting their food waste, so it doesn’t get wasted at all. Every small step can make a big difference, especially when kids form great habits early! OCRRA can help.

Do-It-Yourself Compost

When you finish a meal, don’t automatically head for the trash bin. Some food scraps can be mixed with yard waste to produce compost right in your back yard. Compost returns nutrients to the soil and helps gardens thrive instead of clogging up the waste stream. If you’re up for the adventure, OCRRA has research links, tips and videos that can guide you through the process. Remember, food scraps NEVER belong in a recycling bin.