Greenburgh to Launch Food Scrap Recycling Program

The Town of Greenburgh, in partnership with the Greenburgh Nature Center, will launch the largest residential food scrap recycling program in Westchester County beginning January 17, 2018.

As of January 17th, Anthony F Veteran Park in Hartsdale will have a drop-off site open daily from 8am-8pm to collect food scraps from the 135,000 residents of the Town of Greenburgh. All food scraps, including but not limited to meat, bones, dairy, fish, fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, cooked food, leftover food, etc. will be accepted. The collected food scraps will then be transferred to a commercial composting facility outside of Greenburgh to be recycled into nutrient-rich compost.

With the launch of the Town of Greenburgh program, the population of Westchester residents with access to a food scrap drop-off site will nearly triple. Greenburgh will be following in the footsteps of Scarsdale, Larchmont-Mamaroneck, and Bedford, whose programs serve approximately 70,000 Westchester residents in total.

The Greenburgh Nature Center teaches visitors about sustainable materials management through their green birthday parties, zero-waste sorting stations, and compost systems. They introduced a food scrap recycling pilot program in the summer of 2015 which taught Anthony F Veteran Pool visitors about the benefits of composting using on-site zero-waste sorting stations. As a local leader in sustainability education, the Nature Center has been teaching local public schools such as Greenville Elementary, Seely Place Elementary, Edgemont High School, and Springhurst Elementary how to implement comprehensive recycling and composting as part of their daily operations.

Food scrap collection “starter kits” can be purchased by residents at Anthony F Veteran Park or Greenburgh Nature Center with a $20 check payable to the Town of Greenburgh. A starter kit includes a small countertop pail, a larger storage and transportation bin, and a roll of compostable liner bags.

Join us at Greenburgh’s Food Scrap Recycling Opening event on Saturday, January 20th from 11am-12pm at Anthony F Veteran Park! Light refreshments will be served.

Have questions or want to learn more? Email Rachel Carpitella at and engage with us on the Town of Greenburgh Food Scrap Recycling Facebook group!

Greenburgh Nature Center Reopens to Public

After a two-month closure, the Greenburgh Nature Center, local leader in environmental education, reopened its doors this past Saturday.

The Greenburgh Nature Center was closed in October and November while undergoing a roof renovation of its Manor House. Despite the closure of its central hub for programs and events, the Nature Center continued to offer outreach programs to the community.

The Nature Center welcomed its visitors back with its annual Holiday Train Show on Saturday, made possible by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. The Holiday Train Show presents, in miniature, a display of the steam, diesel, and electrical train operations that existed in the Eastern United States in the second half of the 20th century. The show will also run the weekends of December 9th and 10th and December 16th and 17th.

The Nature Center’s Manor House is gearing up for its 100th anniversary, which is certainly a reason to celebrate! “Our Manor House turns 100 years old in 2018. In preparation for this milestone, we started at the top with our roof restoration,” says Executive Director Margaret Tjimos-Goldberg.

The Nature Center reports that it has exciting things in store for 2018. “We will lead the community in sustainability by launching the largest residential food scrap recycling program in Westchester in January,” Goldberg says, “We look forward to continuing to provide one-of-a-kind animal and nature experiences for our community.”