Who We Serve

Organizations across industries are diverting food scraps away from landfills to create beneficial composts. Our clients include:

  • Restaurants Restuarants
  • Educational Institutions Educational
    Institutions
  • Corporate Cafeterias Corporate
    Cafeterias
  • hotels Hotels
  • Sports, concert and event venues Sports,
    concert and
    event venues

How We Do It

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

  • Home Gardener Home
    Gardners
  • Municipality Municipalities
  • Ground Crew Grounds
    Crews
  • Farms Farms
  • Landscapers Landscapers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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YARD DEBRIS DROP-OFF PRICING

Grass over 36 hours old will NOT be accepted

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For Beds 78” or less

  • $4.00 for wood chips only
  • $6.00 for ½ load or less of grass clippings
  • $12.00 for grass clippings in excess of ½ load
  • $15.00 for all other materials and all loads of co-mingled yard debris

With the exception of grass only loads, no discounts are given for partial loads and no excess fee will be added for materials stacked above the bed frame.

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For Beds longer than 78”

  • $7.00 for wood chips only
  • $7.00 for ½ load or less of grass clippings
  • $14.00 for grass clippings in excess of ½ load
  • $25.00 for all other materials and all loads of co-mingled yard debris

With the exception of grass only loads, no discounts are given for partial loads and no excess fee will be added for materials stacked above the bed frame.

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All dump trucks and trailers will be measured

(minimum charge of one cubic yard)

  • $2.00 per cubic yard of wood chips only
  • $7.00 per cubic yard of grass clippings only
  • $15.00 per cubic yard for all materials wider than 10” and longer than 30” whether alone or co-mingled
  • $9.00 per cubic yard for all other loads

A Big Deal

We are often asked, “why is it such a big deal to divert waste away from landfills; does it really matter?”

Composting is vital because of its impact on air quality, land use and energy consumption:

Air: When organic materials, particularly food scraps, are placed in landfills, they foster methane gas production. Methane has proven to be the most predominant factor contributing to Earth’s ozone layer erosion, inducing climate change. In the US, landfills produce an estimated 466 billion cubic feet of methane per year. Only 60% of this is captured, and only 58% of the 60% is utilized. Diverting and composting organic material is an immense opportunity to reduce the vast amount of methane landfills produce.

Land: Pennsylvania is second in the US when it comes to landfills. The land they occupy, which ranges from hundreds to thousands of acres, can never be cultivated or reused. Sadly, 22% of what is being landfilled is food scraps. By diverting this material to create finished composts, landfill sizes can be reduced. Land devoted to composting sites have a very different impact on the environment. As long ago as 1991, the EPA’s Clean Water Act identified that active composting windrows have the ability to filter acid rain. When composting sites close or relocate, the land upon which they were built can be used for any purpose covered under the applicable zoning as they cause no adverse land use impacts. As is presented throughout this website, the benefits of compost when applied to land, are all advantageous and far reaching.

Energy Consumption: Composting companies are inherently local businesses due to the nature of the materials being organically recycled. This means our trucks driving to composting sites drive fewer miles and use less fuel to divert materials compared to waste company trucks, which routinely drive hundreds of miles to dump waste.

Consulting

Diverting materials to composting initially presents challenges that are unique to each organization. AgRecycle’s consulting division, Landworthe, transforms these into simple actions with noteworthy environmental impacts.

Minimizing and eliminating waste is an achievable goal that directly benefits American soils and skies, but it requires a realistic program to divert materials to compost. To be effective, that program must be easy to implement and maintain.

Who better to perfect your program than a company that walks the walk? AgRecycle has spent decades facilitating the diversion of organics out of landfills in a region that rewards waste. We are partnering with our clients to shift unscientific and outdated approaches to ones that are beneficial and sustainable.