The RoHo Mission
Roho Compost is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing food waste through composting, food recovery and education.
RoHo is changing waste management practices in New York City through our services of source reduction, waste audits & education, food recovery/food donation, and compost programs for restaurants, offices, commercial buildings, schools, and individuals. Composting and managing food waste more efficiently diverts food waste from landfills, provides an alternative to chemical fertilizers, improves soil quality and carbon retention, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Our food waste creates major environmental problems and tragically sets back efforts to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in our communities. We mismanage food on a staggering level; approximately 40% of all food produced is not eaten, instead ending up disposed in landfills, where it is slowly converted into the harmful greenhouse gas methane. Landfill-bound food waste around the world, led by the U.S., contributes over 3.3 Gigatons (Gt = billions of tonnes) every year of CO2 equivalent climate pollution. That's equivalent to 10% of total global annual CO2 emissions. Beyond the environmental impact, food waste also creates serious problems for our communities. in New York City alone, over 1.3 million people are food insecure, meaning they do not have a reliable idea of when/where their next meal is coming from. Over 50% of food insecure people are children and senior citizens, and nearly 30% of the city's veterans are food insecure.