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Composting and Organics Recycling for Municipalities

Funding for Municipal Food Scraps Recycling Initiatives Now Accepting Applications. Learn more about the funding opportunity.

Local Solid Waste Management Plan

State and federal law gives localities the responsibility for planning and implementing materials management strategies. Each municipality and county in New York State is required to be part of a solid waste management planning unit (most planning units are single counties) who are responsible for developing and implementing their local solid waste management plan. Organics management should play a key role in managing organic materials within the boundaries of the planning unit. Planning units can

  • Manage an organics recycling facility (composting, anaerobic digestion, land application, etc.)
  • Develop food scraps drop-off program
  • Provide residential organics collection
  • Host home composting workshops
  • Host backyard composting bin sales
  • Provide outreach and education material on reducing wasted food at home and home composting

Starting and Managing an Organics Recycling Facility

Municipalities across New York State manage organic materials such as yard trimmings, food scraps, biosolids, etc. via composting, land application and anaerobic digestion.

Organics Recycling Facilities & Regulations

Tools for Municipalities

Celebrate 2023 New York State Compost Awareness Week

New York State joins the international community in celebrating Compost Awareness Week each year in early May. Join us in preparing to celebrate 2023 NYS Compost Awareness Week May 7 - 13, 2023.

Email if you are interested in connecting with other compost educators or community organizers on 2023 NYS Compost Awareness Week or receiving the Compost Awareness Week Outreach Toolkit. Learn more about NYS Compost Awareness Week.

Funding Opportunities

NEW! - DEC Municipal Funding for Food Scraps Recycling Initiatives

The goal of this funding program is to assist municipalities in starting or expanding municipal food scraps recycling programs. To ensure equitable access and development of food scraps recycling opportunities for all New Yorkers, this year's opportunity will prioritize the first half of available funds for eligible projects serving Environmental Justice and Disadvantaged communities.

Approximately $2 million is available for funding of Municipal Food Scraps Recycling Initiatives. The first $1,000,000 will prioritize eligible projects that dedicate at least 50% of the total requested funding to serving environmental justice communities.

The following types of projects are included in this opportunity:

  • Creating or expanding programs to increase residential food scraps recycling
  • Creating or expanding food scraps recycling programs and facilities

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis from May 2, 2022 3:00PM EST to May 3, 2024 3:00PM EST. All projects will be evaluated by DEC for eligibility in the order in which they are received (first-in, first-out).

To view Grant Opportunity Webpage (read full Request for Application, Q&A Document and Instructions for Applying):

  • Visit the Grants Gateway Opportunity Portal
  • Click 'Search Now'
  • Search By Grant Opportunity - Enter: Municipal Food Scraps Recycling Initiatives
  • Click 'Search'
  • Click 'Municipal Food Scraps Recycling Initiatives - 2021'
Important Municipal Grant Program Dates & Times
Dates & Times
Application Opens in Grants Gateway May 2, 2022 3:00 PM EST
Informational Webinar on Using Grants Gateway May 11, 2022 1:00 PM EST
Information Webinar on Organics Management Funding Opportunities for Municipalities June 15, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm. Register here.
Q&A Period

Ongoing - updated weekly on Wednesdays.

You can view the Q&A document on this grant's specific grant opportunity webpage on Grants Gateway, see instructions above.

Submit your questions to

Application Submitted End Date May 3, 2024 3:00 PM EST, unless DEC withdraws the RFA or funds are exhausted

DEC Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling (MWRR) State Assistance Program

The MWRR program is a state assistance program for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW). Funding is provided on a 50% reimbursement rate for eligible costs. Organics management projects are eligible under this state assistance program.

NYS P2I Food Waste Reduction and Diversion Reimbursement Program

The Food Waste Reduction & Diversion Reimbursement Program (leaving DEC website) program is available to New York State businesses or not-fot-profits that generate, haul or recycle large amounts of food waste to offset the cost of selected technologies and equipment that promise to reduce or divert that food waste from landfill or incineration. Learn more and apply today.

DEC Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant program provides 50/50 matching grants to cities, towns, villages and counties of New York State for eligible climate adaption and mitigation projects.

The Climate Smart Communities Grant program is now closed. The deadline for the 2022 round was July 29, 2022.

USDA Composting and Food Waste Reduction Cooperative Agreements

Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) cooperative agreements assist local and municipal governments with projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Implementation activities will increase access to compost for agricultural producers, improve soil quality and encourages innovative, scalable waste management plans that reduce and divert food waste from landfills.

This grant opportunity is now closed. The deadline for applications was September 1, 2022.

NYS P2I Community Grants Program

Funding available for community organizations, municipal departments, and other public sector and not-for-profit entities for projects that raise awareness and understanding of pollution prevention practices and lead to implementation at the local level. Learn more.

Note: This funding opportunity is now closed. This is an annual funding program.

DEC Municipal Funding for Food Scraps Reduction, Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling - Awardees Announced

The goal of this funding program was to assist municipalities in creating and expanding programs to reduce wasted food, donate wholesome food and recycle food scraps (composting, anaerobic digestion, etc.)

Municipal Food Scraps Reduction, Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Awards (PDF)

Note: This funding opportunity is currently closed.

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Annual Conferences

  • November 14-16, 2022: NYSAR3 Annual Recycling Conference - Cooperstown, NY
  • January 24 - 27, 2023: Compost2023 - Ontario, CA
  • April 3 - 5, 2023: NYS Organics Summit - Syracuse, NY
  • May 2023: Federation Conference - Bolton Landing, NY

Professional Materials Management Organizations

  • New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) (leaves DEC website) is a professional organization of materials management professionals dedicated to providing statewide leadership on waste reduction, reuse and recycling issues and practices to improve the environment. The Organics Council, a subgroup of NYSAR3, are committed to reducing wasted food, recovering edible food and diverting food scraps, yard trimmings, manure, and other organic materials from the waste stream through sustainable materials management strategies. They meet regularly through teleconference to share news and resources, plan workshops, conferences and much more.
  • New York Solid Waste Association of North America - NY (SWANA-NY) (leaves DEC website) is an organization of solid waste professionals committed to environmental stewardship and the advancement of sustainable environmental technology.
  • New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) (leaves DEC website) is an organization of NYS solid waste professionals addressing issues that affect solid waste management in New York State as well as issues at the federal level.
  • United States Composting Council (USCC) (leaves DEC website) is a national organization of compost manufacturers, compost marketers, equipment manufacturers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups, and consulting/engineering firms dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry.