Food and Organics Recycling



Welcome to Food and Organics Recycling

Did you know we collect food waste for composting at our transfer station? There is no cost to residents for this program and it includes a kitchen caddy, compostable 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!

For more information call 585-394-3300 or email


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

NY State DEC

Cornell Cooperative Extension






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


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