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Composting is a natural process of recycling nutrients back into the soil to be used again. Compost is a dark, crumbly mixture that is mostly made up of decayed organic matter which reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.

One of the most abundant sources of compost is food waste, from uneaten leftovers or spoiled produce.

The EPA estimates about 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.  By composting, the amount is reduced. 


2024 Composting Grant

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 Composting Grant.  A total of $200,000 was appropriated in the 2024 Dutchess County Budget to support this program which will cover up to 50% of the purchase of an in-vessel aerobic composter and additional ancillary installation costs not to exceed $50,000 per award. All local government entities with taxing authority and public K-12 schools within Dutchess County can apply for funding.  Entities are encouraged to coordinate efforts and apply jointly, when possible.  Applications must be submitted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7th.

Application Materials:

2024 Composting Grant Application Instructions & Guidance (.pdf) 

Activity Budget (.xlsx) 

Timeline Template (.xlsx) 

Compost Bins and Aerators For Sale

Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bins are available for purchase from the Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste Management. For more information on these compost bins see our flyer.

What Are The Benefits of Composting?

Residential Compost Drop-off Sites

City of Beacon 

Open to all City of Beacon residents.

Drop-off sites:


Community Compost Company   

Open to community members who purchase a subscription for the service through Community Compost Company.

Drop-off Sites:

Beacon Farmers’

Market413 Main St.

Beacon, NY


Kingston Farmers’ Market

272 Wall St.

Kingston, NY


McEnroe Organic Farm   

Welcomes community members to drop off kitchen scraps and organic materials at their Farm Market.

Drop-off Site:

McEnroe Farm Market

5409 Route 22

Millerton, NY 12546


The O Zone  

Open to community members who purchase a membership.

Drop-off Site:

148 Pitcher Lane

Red Hook, NY, 12571


Town of Red Hook 

Open to the Town of Red Hook residents.

Drop-off Site:

Town Recycling Center

Glen Pond Drive

Red Hook, NY 12571


Town of Saugerties Transfer Station  

Open to residents and non-residents of Saugerties with purchase of composting permit.

Drop-off Site:

1765 Route 212

Saugerties, NY 12477



Informational Resources About Composting