Business Composting

If you’re a company or organization, such as a restaurant, grocery store, school or workplace with a company cafeteria, and want to reduce waste and save the environment, OCRRA can help!

We’ll help you set up a process for diverting food waste, which offers a number of benefits:

  • Reduces trash volume, which may reduce what you pay to dispose of your trash
  • Lessens costs to dispose of food waste through OCRRA’s Compost Program (about half as much as trash disposal)
  • Shows your customers that you are environmentally responsible
  • Produces compost that can be used throughout our community

Contact us today, and we’ll help set up a program that works for you, your employees and your customers.


OCRRA salutes the local businesses and schools that are leading the environmental pack by composting food scraps with OCRRA:

• Arcadis

• Barton & Loguidice

• Bliss Ice Cream

• Crouse Hospital

• G&C Foods

• Jordan-Elbridge School District (Elbridge Elementary, Jordan-Elbridge Middle School & High School)

• Fayetteville-Manlius School District (Enders Road Elementary, Fayetteville Elementary, Mott Road Elementary, Eagle Hill Middle School & Wellwood Middle School)

• Giovanni Food Company, Inc.

• Holy Family School in Fairmount

• LaFayette School District (Grimshaw Elementary)

• Le Moyne College

• Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt

• Marriott Syracuse Downtown

• Novelis

• Onondaga Community College

• Pastabilities Restaurant

• Paul deLima Coffee

• Russo Produce

• Salt City Market

• 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 Sweet Praxis

• Wegmans (8 CNY stores)

• West Genesee (Split Rock Elementary)

• Westhill Central School District (Cherry Road Elementary, Walberta Park Primary, Onondaga Hill Middle School & Westhill High School)


See the benefits of reducing cafeteria waste and how other schools are doing just that in this video produced through a grant provided by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

In addition to FoodScraps_CherryRoadElementarybusinesses in our community, more than 7,160 students in 16 schools across 5 districts (and 2 private schools) are separating their cafeteria food scraps from their trash and recyclables. In turn, OCRRA transforms them into nutrient-rich compost that is used to grow thriving plants!

On average, schools find a 50%-80% reduction in trash when they begin food scrap composting.

Interested in getting your school on board? OCRRA can help. Check out this how-to guide and contact us today to schedule free on-site training for students and staff.

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