Recycling organic materials (including kitchen scraps) by composting and in other ways reduces the generation of greenhouse gases (methane) and creates soil nutrients. On a large scale it can generate energy and reduce reliance on waste disposal.

To find out what types of organic materials are recyclable visit DEC’s website:


Residents of Ontario County can recycle organics by home composting. It increases the benefits natural decomposition and can be done either outside in your backyard or right in your home.

Backyard: You can build your own compost structure or buy a compost bin either at a local garden store or online. If you want to go simple just have a free standing pile. For more information on how to build your own compost structure refer to Cornell University Waste Management Institute’s “Bin Design” guide.
Indoors: This is often accomplished using a “worm bin.” As the name suggests these bins contain hard working worms that make composting easy by breaking up and processing the material, as well as turning and aerating the compost, all of which keeps odors to a minimum. Make it a science experiment with your family! You can find out more information on worm bins, including how to build one and what type of worms to use, in DEC’s indoor composting pamphlet.

*If any of the information listed above is incorrect, please email.