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Food and Organics Recycling



Welcome to Food and Organics Recycling

We have two options for recycling your food and organics waste: you can bring it to the transfer station at no cost to you (see below for a list of what's accepted). OR for $20.00* you can sign up to receive a handmade wooden compost bin and compost in your own backyard. Both programs come with a kitchen caddy that you can use to collect and transport your food scraps. The transfer station program also includes bags to line your kitchen caddy and a larger six gallon pail to transport your scraps to the transfer station. Sign up today at the Town Clerk’s desk!

*This includes delivery of the wooden bin, worm castings compost accelerator, and educational materials. Limited to the first 100 residents to sign up. See below for general backyard composting tips.

For more information call 585-394-3300 or email KMcCumiskey@TownofCanandaigua.org.


What foods/organics can you recycle at the transfer station? (Printable Flyer)

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Dairy Products
  • Meat, poultry, and seafood products
  • Egg shells, bones, and shellfish
  • Pasta, rice, and other grain products
  • Cereal, bread, and baked goods
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags
  • Used cooking oil and bacon grease (small quantities only)
  • Pizza boxes, paper towels, napkins, and shredded paper (these items should never go in your blue bin)
  • Leaves and grass clippings
  • Approved compostable materials only, must be labeled ASTM D6400

Please be sure not to contaminate the contents with:

  • Plastic of any kind, including: plastic bags, wrappers, or straws
  • Styrofoam
  • Bottles or cans
  • Milk or dairy cartons
  • Aluminum foil or metal
  • Wood or saw dust
  • Hazardous waste

Backyard Composting:

These are the basics for composting in your backyard, which has a different set of rules than what can be brought to the transfer station:

  1. A ratio of 2:1 of "browns" to "greens." Other proportions of browns to greens can still create good compost, but may decompose more slowly.
  2. Browns are materials high in carbon, such as: leaves, shredded paper, newspaper, cardboard, dryer lint, straw, wood chips, napkins, and papertowels.
  3. Greens are materials high in nitrogen, such as: fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds and filters, and eggs shells.
  4. Size matters! The smaller the particle the faster it will break down. If your item is larger than an apple, chop it up. This also includes yard waste, such as brush and branches.
  5. Maintain the moisture as damp as a wrung out sponge.
  6. Do not include any meat, bones, fish or dairy products in your backyard compost pile.
  7. Do not include any compostable products, such as bags, utenstils, or containers. While these are suitable for industrial scale composting facilities, they will not break down in your backyard compost pile.
  8. Do not include any treated wood or saw dust. Also wood ash is not suitable for composting.

Helpful Backyard Composting Resources: 

Ontario County http://ontariocountyrecycles.org/158/Organics.

NY State DEC https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8799.html

Cornell Cooperative Extension http://cceontario.org/gardening/compost-resources






Wednesday - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Facility Address:
5440 Route 5 & 20 West
Canandaigua, NY 14424


Contact us at 585-394-3300 or email KMcCumiskey@TownofCanandaigua.org


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