Q. What is the food scrap recycling program?
A. In this program residents of the Village of Bronxville collect all their food waste—including meat, bones, dairy, and even some paper products--and bring it once a week to a drop-off site on Palumbo Place behind Village Hall (enter and exit from Midland Avenue). The Village provides at cost a handy starter kit that makes participating in the program easy.
Q. What is the difference between this program and backyard composting?
A. Food compost can be made in a backyard composter or in a commercial composting facility. A backyard composter is limited to certain foods (fruits, vegetable, coffee grounds, eggshells) while a commercial composting facility can accept any food. Meat, fish, dairy, bones, shells, pasta, bread, rice, fats, and oils can all be composted at a commercial facility. If you already have a backyard composter, we suggest you keep composting in your backyard and use this service for those foods that can’t go into your backyard composter.
A. All residents of the Village of Bronxville. If you vote and pay taxes in Bronxville, you are eligible. This does not include the wider 10708 zip code. If you live in Tuckahoe and Eastchester, you’re in luck: They both have food scrap collection programs: https://tesc-tuckahoe.org/ and firstname.lastname@example.org. Yonkers and Mount Vernon residents are out of luck for now, but those towns may be launching a similar program in the future, so check your municipal website.
Q. Where do I take the food scraps I collect?
A. Starting December 13th, residents can drop off food scraps at the designated drop off at Palumbo Place behind Village Hall. Enter and leave via Midland Avenue. Once on Palumbo, please take a right into the parking lot, swing around to the left to drop off your food scraps, and continue left to exit Palumbo. You'll see the large Food Scrap Recycling sign and bright green drop off bins!
A. No. Instead, you can collect your food scraps at home in whatever container you prefer and bring them to the drop-off site in paper or compostable bags. Just be sure NOT to place them in plastic bags, not even biodegradable plastic bags (which decompose into micro pieces of plastic). Compostable bags are made of corn starch, not plastic. Bags for this program MUST be BPI Certified Compostable. See below FAQ for more information.
Q. Why must I use a compostable liner rather than a biodegradable liner?
A. Compostable liners break down easily. The liner that comes with the starter kit has been carefully chosen for its ability to carry weight without breaking. Biodegradable bags are plastic bags that simply break down into micro pieces of plastic. They cannot be composted and are not good for the environment. Bags for this program MUST be BPI Certified Compostable. If you decide to purchase bags on your own, please look for the BPI logo!
Q. How do I pay for the Starter Kit?
A. Currently the Village accepts only checks (made out to the Village of Bronxville) or cash.
Q. Can meat, bones, and grease go in?
A. Yes! Unlike backyard composting, which cannot include meat, dairy, and bones, in this program we collect ALL food products. Your food scraps will be taken to a commercial composter (in Cortland) that uses high temperatures to break down the food scraps. You can include all food products as well as soiled paper products such as paper napkins, paper plates, popsicle sticks, used coffee filters, and greasy pizza boxes.
Q. Can I put pet waste, baby wipes, or any wipes in the compost bin?
A. NO. Although you can put single waste napkins, coffee filters, and spoiled food into your town compost bin, you CANNOT put in pet waste, baby wipes, plastic OR biodegradable bags. These are NOT compostable. Please also remove the stickers on fruits and vegetables, and the staples on tea bags.
Q. Will the food scraps smell?
A. No, as long as you don’t wait too long before dropping them off. You should plan on taking the scraps to the drop-off site once a week.
Q. My kids complain that food scraps are “icky.” How can I combat that?
A. Some kids actually like the grossness of food scraps. Others are turned off. In either case, collecting food scraps offers a teachable moment—to show your kids how natural processes take something decaying such as food scraps and turn it into something healthy and useful—organic-rich, nutrient-rich compost.
Q. Is the Village of Bronxville paying for this program?
A. Over time, this program will save Bronxville money. Transporting food scraps to a commercial composter in Cortland costs the Village less than sending regular trash to Peekskill to be incinerated.
Q. How can I sign up for the program?
A. You can sign up for the program now and pick up your food scrap recycling kit from Village Hall Monday-Friday. Kits are $25 each payable by cash or check to the order of the Village of Bronxville. This is a voluntary program.
Q. Will we get the compost back and be able to use it on our gardens?
A. Mostly, no. The commercial composter we’ll be using will sell the compost to local retailers, which will in turn sell it to customers. However, once a year, we hope to receive a big pile of compost that will be free for all residents, whether or not you participate in the program. More to come once we’ve confirmed this arrangement and have a Give-Back Date!
Q. I’d like a Starter Kit but I’m homebound and can’t get to Village Hall. Can I still participate?
A. If you are unable to get to Village Hall, please call Village staff or email
Q. I put most of my food scraps down my garbage disposal. Why should I bother to join this program?
A. For two reasons—first, because you can compost far more than you can put down the disposal, including food soiled paper products, used coffee filters, bones and shells, compostable cups and plates, etc. Second, because the current thinking is that garbage disposals are not great for the environment.
Q. Ok, I get that food scraps can be turned into compost, which is great. But what’s wrong with incinerating them, as we do now?
A. Food scraps are not waste—they are a vital resource. By recycling them, we capture this resource and turn it into a useful product—compost.