Beginning January 17, 2018, Greenburgh began accepting resident food scraps for recycling at no charge.

The drop-off location and hours are as follows:
Anthony F Veteran Park, 11 Olympic Lane, Hartsdale, NY 10530
Open every day, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

How to Recycle Food Scraps
1. COLLECT your food scraps in a countertop pail; all food is accepted, but should not be mixed with non-food or non-compostables, as described in the ‘Items Not Accepted’ section below. Although not required, you may line your pail with a compostable bag – please no plastic bags. Collection starter kits including everything you need are available for $20.00 at Anthony F Veteran Park and Greenburgh Nature Center, details in the ‘Where and When to Get a Starter Kit’ section below.

2. Most residents will fill the countertop pail with food scraps 3-4 times per week. Therefore, it is suggested that residents also have a larger bin to TRANSFER food scraps into for weekly storage. This larger bin can also be used for transportation of food scraps to the drop-off site at Anthony F Veteran Park. Anything that holds around 5-6 gallons and has a lid will work. It is recommended that food storage bins be kept indoors – either in the house or in the garage.

3. BRING your transportation bin to the food scrap recycling drop-off bins at Anthony F Veteran Park to dispose of your food scraps as often as needed.

Accepted Items
ALL food waste, including:
• Fruits and Vegetables (remove stickers, rubber bands, twist ties)
• Meat and Poultry (bones ok)
• Fish and Shellfish (shells ok)
• Dairy Products
• Bread and Pasta
• Rice and Grains
• Egg Shells
• Chips and Snacks
• Nuts and Seeds
• Leftover, Spoiled and Expired Food (cooked ok)

Other Items (If in doubt, ask before contaminating your food scrap recyclables):
• Coffee Grounds (paper filters ok)
• Tea Bags (no staples)
• Paper Towels and Napkins
• Cut flowers (not landscaping waste)
• Compostable Bags

Items Not Accepted
It is important not to include the following items, as they will contaminate your food scrap recyclables:
• Plastic Bags
• Baby/Hand Wipes
• Diapers
• Glass, Metal or Plastic
• Pet Waste or Kitty Litter
• Styrofoam
• Yard Waste

Where and When to Get a Starter Kit
Starter kits include a 2 gallon kitchen countertop pail, a 6 gallon transportation bin, a resident instruction guide, and a 25 count roll of 3-gallon compostable bags.

Please bring a check for payment (cash/credit is not accepted).
No refunds!

Greenburgh Nature Center
Welcome Desk
99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Monday – Thursday, 9:30am-4:30pm
Friday, Closed
Saturday – Sunday, 10am-4:30pm

Anthony F Veteran Park
Administration Building
11 Olympic Ln, Hartsdale, NY 10530
Labor Day – January: Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm
February – May 19: M/T/Th/F 10am-4pm, Wednesday 10am-7pm
May 19 – September 3: Everyday, 10am-4pm

Refill compostable bags are also available for purchase, $2 for 3-gallon and $5 for 13-gallon.

What happens to the food scraps?
The food scraps are hauled to a commercial compost facility in Ulster County, NY. They are mixed with yard waste and turned into nutrient-rich soil amendment – compost!

Where else is there a residential food scrap recycling program?
In January 2017, the Village of Scarsdale launched their food scrap recycling program, which our program is modeled after. Over 15% of Scarsdale households are now participating in food scrap recycling, which has far exceeded their expectations. Bedford and Larchmont-Mamaroneck have also adapted Scarsdale’s food scrap recycling program model.

Want to learn more or volunteer?
Email Lindsay Cohen at

In the Press

Stories From Main Street: Food Scrap Recycling Comes To Greenburgh

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