Programs & Services
+ Advocacy-Commercial Waste Zones and Microhauling
After years of inefficiency, relentless waste truck traffic polluting our communities, pitifully low recycling rates in the industry that sends most waste to landfill, and poor conditions for private sanitation workers, RoHo Compost is thrilled that NYC is reforming its commercial waste system.
Microhauling is the practice of using low or zero tailpipe emission vehicles, like bikes, e bikes and electric vehicles, to capture and divert organic waste from landfills. In the current system, 30 ton diesel trucks careen and criss-cross through small business neighborhoods every night, to collect 50 lbs of organic waste or less per stop.
Instead of sending inefficient trucks to collect this waste every night, we microhaulers ferment organic waste in sealed containers, which makes the waste sanitary and pest free for the business to keep onsite for days, instead of having to put it out for collection every night. Micro-hauling vehicles can collect waste with 60-75% less driving, and with an 100% reduction in tailpipe emissions. We're using innovative, low or zero emission hauling vehicles, like bikes, trikes, electric vehicles, or even collection on foot.
Microhauling is key to transforming our waste system into one that is attractive and works for our communities. Please make your support for microhauling know to your city council representative, so it’s role can be guaranteed in the new legal system for commercial waste.
Check out DSNY's vision for comemercial waste reform here. The reference to micro-hauling is on page 34 of the plan: https://dsny.cityofnewyork.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/CWZ_Plan-1.pdf Reference to micro-hauling is on page 34 of the plan.
+ Food Waste Composting Services
RoHo Compost works with businesses to design and implement composting programs that separate inedible food waste into a non-contaminated "organics" waste stream, that can be composted. We provide partner organizations with containers to separate their organics, which we collect and replace regularly, per the needs of the client.
RoHo Compost brings accountability and integrity to organic waste hauling, connecting NYC businesses eager to reduce their environmental footprint, with high quality compost facilities. We transport organic waste to facilities such as Greenway Environmental, and Community Compost LLC In Ulster County, to make sure organic waste is put towards a better use. We have a 13 ton truck, capable of serving large customers and volumes of food waste.
Since Spring 2017, RoHo has diverted over 2.2 million pounds of food waste from landfills, to compost facilities.
+ The Pulp Project
The Pulp Project is an exciting Initiative, and to our knowledge, the first of its kind. In collaboration with East Coast Co-Packing, we capture juice pulp at their facility that would normally go to compost, or at worst landfill, and convert it to smoothies and juices, pestos and dips. At least 50% of the resulting products are directed towards food insecure populations. Our ambition is to distribute these healthy, delicious and low cost products to schools.
+ Food Recovery Program
RoHo Compost’s goal is to always upcycle. As an organic waste hauler that is also a 501(c)(3), we are in a unique position. We are not content to just direct still edible food to compost; we attempt to recover as much edible food as possible from businesses, in order to feed people. We help businesses identify how they can do so, and help implement a recovery plan.
In 2017 and 2018 respectively, RoHo recovered over 7000 pounds of edible food, which provided 5000 meals to families in need, via the Bowery Mission's soup kitchen.