Why compost?

  • Food scraps (anything edible, meat, bones, coffee grounds, egg shells, paper napkins, wooden stirrers, and more) that are sent to the landfill will break down pretty quickly, but it does so under anaerobic conditions and the process creates methane gas, which has 34x the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide! Food scraps that are composted break down aerobically, producing carbon dioxide instead.

  • You make fertile soil for gardens!


34x Greenhouse Effect!!

Learn more:


Connections with Evan Dawson had a discussion on February 27th, 2020 about The Rise in Composting in Rochester


What are the options here in Penfield?

Buy or Build-Your-Own

  • Make your own for as little as $10. Instructions here.

Bin Swap


How it works: 

Get a clean 4gal bin from the company. Fill it up with compostables at home. Bring the full bin to the exchange sites. Get a new bin. 

Two Local Companies

1. Impact Earth Organics

  • $15/mo or 6 month subscription: $75

  • Locations: ​

    • Rochester Public Market
      Impact Earth Organics Office. 

    • Brighton Farmers' Market


2. Community Composting

  • $4/bin swap

  • Locations:​
    • Brighton Farmers' Market​
    • Abundance Food Co-op
    • Lori's Natural Foods Center

Curbside Pick-Up Companies

How it works: 

Get a clean 4gal bin delivered to your home. Fill it up with compostables. 1x/week, put the full bucket outside. Get a new, clean bin. 

Two Local Companies

1. Community Composting

  • $30/mo* for weekly pickup

  • $312/year for weekly pickup 

  • $16/mo for biweekly pickup

*Expensive on your own but can add up to 8 neighbors to your account.  Price drops with each addition. At 8, each share = ~$9/mo ​

2. Impact Earth Organics

  • $15/mo

Be a Compost-Leader

  • Work with RAICA to bring bin swap composting to your house of worship.  

  • Learn more about or join LETTUCE, a group dedicated to growing composting in the area, including fighting for Rochester-wide municipal composting. LETTUCE=Lower Emissions Through Thoughtful United Community Engagement

ColorPenfieldGreen is an organization of residents of the Town of Penfield, NY who are concerned about the environment. Our goals are to: 

  • inform fellow residents about all the incredible ways that our community is “Going Green” with a focus on climate

  • educate people as to how they can reduce their carbon footprints - at individual, family, neighborhood, municipal, state, and federal levels

  • organize local volunteers to participate in high impact campaigns, and 

  • support and empower Penfield residents to become community leaders in addressing climate change. 


We are respectful, inclusive, nonpartisan, solutions-focused, collaborative, scientifically-informed, and committed to social, racial, environmental, and intergenerational justice.

Get social with us... 
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