Food Scrap Recycling (FSR) Pilot Program


What Is It?

A residential composting program is a suggested initiative in the Rye Sustainability Plan for cost savings and waste reduction reasons.

Rye Sustainability has put together and is implementing a six-month Food Scrap Recycling pilot program, that began on March 4, 2019. The pilot is open to all Rye City residents.

For more details of the RSC pilot, the benefits of food scrap recycling, and additional resources, please click on Quick Links or the icons, below.

A special note of gratitude to Ron Schulhof and Michelle Sterling, Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council, for their invaluable assistance and guidance.


Getting Started: The Basics

Sign-up Required

  • Drop-off: Open to all residents. Rye FSR Drop-off Site at Disbrow opened on March 4, 2019. Residents must register to access the FSR Drop-off Site. Please sign up by completing the online registration form (click on yellow banana).

  • Curbside: CURRENTLY FULL! Limited to 150 households. Service will be weekly on Wednesdays and begins Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Participating households must register and pay a one-time subscription fee of $26/household to be included in the DPW's Food Scrap pickup route. Please register by completing the online registration form (click on yellow banana).

Bins and Compostable Bags

A City-approved FSR Starter Kit (countertop pail, medium-sized locking storage bin, 25 bin liners) must be used for participation in the program.

Total cost for one starter kit is $20. Additional compostable bin liners and supplies are also available for purchase from DPW. Kits and supplies can be purchased by check. Please make checks payable to City of Rye and pay at Disbrow Recycling Center, 141 Oakland Beach Ave.

Food Scrap Drop-Off Site

The Disbrow Recycling Center food scrap drop-off site at 141 Oakland Beach Avenue is open for resident food scrap drop-offs Monday through Sunday, 24 hours a day. The drop-off site can be used whether one participates in the curbside pickup program or not. There is no charge to drop-off.

Please register first with DPW and purchase your starter kit!

Curbside Only: Pickup Information

Curbside pickup will be once weekly on Wednesdays. Food Scrap bins must be placed curbside by 6:00 AM on pickup day.


For questions about the Rye FSR program, contact DPW/Rye Sustainability at

How to Recycle Food Scraps

How to use a compostable bag. (Thanks to Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council for sharing their video with Rye Sustainability Committee.)

A brief Food Scrap Recycling Guide is available online. A Curbside Supplement is also available.

In short, COLLECT, TRANSFER, BRING, and, if registered for the curbside program, PLACE CURBSIDE.

Food Scrap Recycling is easy!

COLLECT your food scraps in a countertop pail; all food is accepted, but should not be mixed with non-food or non-compostables, as described in the Non-Accepted Items section below. Although not required, you may line your pail with a certified compostable bag – plastic bags are not permitted.

The mandatory FSR Starter Kit ($20/each) includes everything you need and can be purchased at Disbrow Recycling Center, 141 Oakland Beach Avenue. Make checks payable to City of Rye.

TRANSFER food scraps collected in your counter pail to the City-approved bin for weekly storage, generally about three to four times per week, depending on your level of usage. These storage bins can also be used to transport food scraps to the Disbrow Recycling Center. It is recommended that food scrap storage bins be kept in the house or in the garage – not outside.

BRING your storage bin to the Food Scrap Recycling drop-off bins at the Disbrow Recycling Center, Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM - 3:30 PM, to dispose of your food scraps as often as needed.

CURBSIDE ONLY: PLACE CURBSIDE no later than 6:00 AM on Wednesdays, and/or drop off at the Disbrow Recycling Center, Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

What's Accepted and What's Not

Accepted Items

Wondering where your food scraps go? Ulster’s guide is a handy visual of what is and isn’t accepted. Click to enlarge image.

ALL food waste, including:

  • Fruits and Vegetables (remove stickers, bands, ties)

  • Meat and Poultry (bones ok)

  • Fish and Shellfish (shells ok)

  • Dairy Products

  • Bread and Pasta

  • Rice and Grains

  • Egg Shells

  • Chips and Snacks

  • Nuts and Seeds

  • Leftover, Spoiled and Expired Food (cooked ok)

Other Acceptable Items (If in doubt, ask before contaminating your food scrap recyclables):

  • Coffee Grounds (paper filters ok)

  • Tea Bags (no staples)

  • Paper Towels, Napkins, Tissues (free of any chemicals)

  • Cut flowers (not landscaping waste)

  • Pet food

  • Newspaper (although newspaper can also be recycled). Newspaper soiled with grease/food cannot be recycled so adding it to your FSR bin is a great option.

  • Hair and Pet Fur

  • Wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks (no plastic or chemical varnish)

A Note About Compostable Products and Items

A compostable product must be certified as such by a reputable certification agency.

See the Ulster County graphic, above, for proper labeling and read more here about how to tell the difference between acceptable and not acceptable compostable products.

Still have questions? No problem! Contact us with your questions at

Items not Accepted

It is important not to include the following items, as they will contaminate your food scrap recyclables:

  • Plastic Bags

  • Baby/Hand Wipe

  • Diapers

  • Glass, Metal or Plastic

  • Pet Waste or Kitty Litter

  • Styrofoam

  • Yard Waste

  • Dryer lint (it could contain polyester fibers)

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