ROC City Compost Pilot Program

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Composting is the practice of separating organic waste (food waste and more) from regular land-fill bound household garbage so that it can be processed into a nutrient-rich material (compost) that can improve soil quality. After preparing or enjoying a meal, food scraps from your plate and cutting board (and more) can go into a compost bin provided by the City. By separating your food scraps at home, you are helping to send less waste to the landfill and instead recycle it into compost so that we can create a healthier environment for everyone.  

Why compost?

Rochester’s Community-wide Climate Action Plan recommends the implementation of an organics collection and composting program to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and, as a result, reduce landfill greenhouse gas emissions (methane) that worsen climate change. Through composting, food scraps can be turned into nutrient-rich soil that can be used for gardening and potting household plants that filter oxygen in our homes.  The ROC City Compost Pilot program is part of the City’s larger Food Waste Reduction, Donation and Organics Recycling Program. The City of Rochester believes that “Food Is Treasure” and that we can turn “trash” into treasure. Learn more about the City’s Food Waste Prevention, Donation and Organics Recycling program and “Food Is Treasure” Food Waste Education Guide here.

 How does the ROC City Compost Pilot program work?

 1. Sign-up or call 311 to participate in the program.  

UPDATE: The ROC City Compost Pilot program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting new sign-ups. Thank you to all those who signed up to participate in the pilot. We look forward to seeing you at one of the weekly drop-off locations.                                         

2. You will receive confirmation email along with a brief survey. 

3. Complete the survey to receive a toolkit of materials (program guide, acceptable materials list, drop-off locations and schedule, small countertop bucket, larger collection bucket, and biobag liners for your bucket).

4. Follow the guidelines in your toolkit to collect food waste in your bucket.

5.  Every week, bring your large bucket of food scraps to one of the City’s drop-off locations (see below). New: Drop-off locations open on Wed., July 14 and Sat., July 17.

6. At the drop-off location, City staff will sign you in, weigh your bucket of food waste, empty it and hand it back to you so that you can continue to collect food waste and drop-off on a weekly basis. The collected food waste will be transported to a processing facility to be recycled into compost.

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 Drop-off locations and schedule:

Once you have signed up for the program and received your toolkit of materials, starting on July 14 and July 17 you may drop-off your food waste at the following locations and times on a weekly basis.     

 Cobbs Hill Park

 Parking lot by Lake Riley Lodge

 100 Norris Dr. Map

Saturdays 9am-noon

Wednesdays 1-4pm


Genesee Valley Park

 Parking lot by Sports Complex

131 Elmwood Ave. Map

 Saturdays 1-4pm

Wednesdays 9am-noon


Click here to download the ROC City Compost Flyer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes in the compost bin

  What does not go in the compost bucket

For more info on the City's recycling program click here.   

 What are some things that I can do to keep my bucket clean
 Composting Webinar Series

The City of Rochester has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County to provide a webinar series.

Webinar 1: Why Compost? (Link to zoom recording)

Webinar 2: Basics of Composting (Link to zoom recording)

Visit to learn more about the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County’s composting resources.

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