Organics Recycling Portal

Welcome to the Empire State Development (ESD) Organics Recycling Portal, which lists many resources to help you divert organics into value added products.  Use the links to network, find information, or locate composters or other businesses that recycle organics.  Review the case studies to learn how businesses, institutions, and government are involved in organics diversion. 

Technical Information and Resources
Financial Assistance
Profiles and Case Studies
General Links


NYS Compost Facilities Map
    Nationwide Compost Facilities Map
    Food rescue


Technical Information and Resources
    Environmental requirements for composting facilities
    Permitted compost facilities
    Composting information, guides, and research
    Manure treatment and management technologies, including anaerobic digestion and composting


Financial Assistance
Empire State Development ‘s (ESD) Environmental Investment Program (EIP) -
    funding can be used for composting and other value added organics recycling applications

    Information about other alternative small business financing programs


Profiles and Case Studies

Cayuga Compost (Ithaca) started as a project for Cayuga Nature Center, Inc. (CNC). From 1996-2006 CNC used food waste from area restaurants and supermarkets, animal manure and wood chips to create a successful composting operation.   P&S Excavating purchased  the business in 2006 and Cayuga Compost has expanded its collections to include food waste from other sources.  About 1,500 tons of source separated organic waste is diverted each year along with yard and farm waste to make 3,500 cubic yards of compost per year.       

Cornell University has cut about 50% of its waste to the landfill, thanks to composting. Each year about 850 tons of food scraps and biodegradable packaging and utensils, 3,300 tons of animal manure and bedding, and 300 tons of plant materials and soil from green houses are composted.  Student coordinators raise diners’ awareness of separating waste.  The Cornell composting site in Ithaca produces about 4,000 cubic yards of compost each year that is used on campus and sold to commercial customers. 

Island Harvest (Long Island) serves as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it. Volunteers and staff  "rescue,” or collect, good surplus food from over 800 local restaurants, caterers, farms, and other food-related businesses; and distribute it to a network of close to 570 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other places where those in need can access it.

Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) has been pilot testing the feasibility of composting food waste since 2007, and now is developing an innovative, 13 acre food waste composting facility.   Over 10,000 tons per year of institutional and commercial food waste will be processed, with a goal of generating up to 30,000 cubic yards compost per year of by 2015.

Environmental Investment Program (EIP) Organics Projects for project summaries of EIP-funded organics projects.


General Links
    Composting News  
    Cornell Waste Management Institute  
    Empire State Development   
    Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations 
    Food Bank Association of NYS  
    NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets  
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
    NYS Energy Research and Development Authority  
    Northeast Recycling Council 
    US Composting Council 
    US Environmental Protection Agency


Contact Information
To offer additional links or case studies to this portal, please email ESD’s Environmental Services Unit.