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Rochester kicks off new composting pilot program

Max Schulte | WXXI News
Some of the food scraps collected by Impact Earth during a day's pickups.

The city of Rochester is rolling out a new composting pilot program this summer, called Roc City Compost,  aimed at helping city residents divert their food waste from landfills.

“Roc City Compost will help reduce the amount of waste in our landfill and slow the emission of greenhouse gasses,” said Mayor Lovely Warren in a statement. 

Warren announced the Roc City Compost pilot on July 1. 

Starting July 14, compost drop-off sites will be open at Cobbs Hill Park and Genesee Valley Park on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There are currently no drop-off points on the North side or door-to-door pick-up options. That’s a barrier for about 26% of Rochester households who do not have access to a vehicle, an estimate according to the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Composting is one of several strategies outlined in that plan which city council endorsed in 2017.

“It is gratifying to see Rochester take this next step on our path to becoming a cleaner, greener, more sustainable city,” Warren said in a statement.

To sign up, call 311 or visit

Noelle E. C. Evans is an education reporter/producer with a background in documentary filmmaking and education.