Westchester County makes effort to transform food waste into compost

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Westchester County is taking steps to convert food waste into something valuable, compost.

Ron Schulhof, of Scarsdale, says composting has become the norm in his area.

“We hit 1 million pounds recycled just in Scarsdale turned into compost,” he says.

Scarsdale was the first community in the county to launch its own food scrap recycling program. Residents can bring their food waste to a drop off location or have the scraps picked up on the curb.

A total of 20 communities in Westchester have similar programs, and the county is taking action to help make it easier for more municipalities to recycle food scraps.

County Executive George Latimer announced that Westchester is launching a countywide hauling service to transport food waste to a composting facility in Ulster beginning in September.

This comes as a new study shows Westchester residents throw away more than 85,000 tons of food every year, and the waste makes up 22% of the garbage that ends up in landfills.

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