Community Composting

One of the great programs we have here at the Co-op, is our partnership with Community Composting. Since 2013 Community Composting has been collecting food scraps in the Rochester area; Composting greatly reduces greenhouse gases, curbs the need for landfills, and replenishes our soils!

If you are interested in learning how to compost in a hands on environment, we also have classes here at the Co-op led by Community Composting – make sure to check out our calendar once dates start opening back up!

What is Compost?

Compost, simply put, is organic matter that has decayed and naturally broken down into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Organic matter is a wide-ranging term, which can include lots of different things like leaves, twigs, fruits, vegetables, peelings, breads, coffee grounds and filters, and so much more!

For some really beautiful images of what Composting can look like, you should check out Community Composting’s Instagram page!

Comm Com Insta

From the EPA

Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Read More from the EPA

How It Works


First you have to sign up for a Swap Account with Community Composting, via their website.

Sign Up Here 


Once you’ve signed up, come in to the Co-op and pay your $10 deposit/bin. You will receive your first bucket, and lid.

Material for composting is ONLY accepted in the official green Community Composting bins.


When your bin is full, bring it back to the Co-op and we’ll exchange it with a clean bucket and lid. Drop your bucket off in the designated area, outside the Co-op.

The cost is $4/swap.

composting bin area
Community Composting

Community Composting


If you would like to learn more about Community Composting you can visit their website, email them, or give them a call.

phone: (585) 643-1022