Who We Serve
Organizations across industries are diverting food scraps away from landfills to create beneficial composts. Our clients include:
How We Do It
AgRecycle provides its customers with a full review of what is compostable from their establishments and may be diverted to composting, in addition to food scraps. We understand that every customer has unique needs. We assist many customers currently using single use disposable food serviceware items to transition to certified compostable single use products. Our experience has proven that approximately 60% more food waste is removed from the landfill stream when these products are utilized. Certified compostable products have more misinformation surrounding them than any other facet of the composting equation. AgRecycle has been accepting these products for 15 years and will continue to encourage their use.
All compostable kitchen materials may be co-mingled and placed in the AgRecycle yellow container outside. There is no need to segregate items or to size reduce them. Bones, paper, vegetative wastes, corrugated, etc. may tossed in jointly for composting. All of our containers come with optional locking bars to prevent non-compostable items from contaminating the mix.
Pick-up service is available six days per week. Depending on your needs, we will mutually agree upon the collection days that work best for our customers. There is a minimum twice per week collection for all containers containing food though larger customers and those with limited container space may wish daily pick-ups. Our collection service exclusively uses front-load trucks. Event facilities and special events pick-ups are scheduled independently per occasion.
AgRecycle also accepts compostable materials hauled to us from third parties and direct hauled from food processing operations. Later in 2020, we will be starting a residential drop-off program using certified compostable bags. Please check back on this website for further details or call our main office number for additional information.
Who We Serve
Our clients who divert yard debris away from landfills range in scope from home gardeners to commercial landscapers and farmers.
Who We Serve
AgRecycle welcomes most yard debris materials with the exceptions of soil, commercial potting mixes and root balls. We accept herbivore manures with the majority of untreated and biodegradable bedding. We also accept lumber processing scraps from various industries as well as chipped wood from tree maintenance and logs . Sod is accepted when not co-mingled with other yard debris.
These materials may be dropped off with us at our location in Pittsburgh’s East End during regular business hours or at one of our composting sites by appointment. AgRecycle offers collection services for commercial quantities.
These materials may be co-mingled, however, discount pricing exists for certain segregations among the materials. Pennsylvania regulates composting on a volume basis so our acceptance policies are volume based. For yard debris drop-off pricing please click here. All collections and all manure based loads are individually evaluated so please call our office for information.
All elements from the yard debris and manure streams are then gauged for how best to decompose in our composting system. Some materials will be further sized reduced while others will not. The elements of each received yard debris load will then be custom blended in specific percentages with other organic materials to achieve optimal carbon to nitrogen ratios and decomposition rates to produce a superior end, finished mature compost.
Material diversion to composting presents unique challenges for each enterprise. We turn those challenges into opportunities for positive environmental impact.
A Big Deal
We are asked frequently, "why is it such a big deal to divert waste away from landfills; does it really matter?"
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