Composting in Geneva

Compost BinsSmall-scale composting that does not require a permit under New York State DEC regulation and enforcement code Chapter 4, shall be allowed in the City of Geneva so long as it meets the following regulations:

  • Composting materials must consist only of plant food waste, eggshells, and yard waste; but not animal feces.
  • All compost must be generated and used on site.
  • When only plant food waste is being composted, the composting material and compost must be in a composting container, closed on top and all four sides, with suitable holes and slots to allow for air circulation. When only landscape waste is being composted, the container need not have a top, but should be enclosed on at least three sides with strong wire mesh or wood slats. When properly mixed and covered with yard waste, food waste composting material may be introduced into the more open yard waste containers.
  • Compost in BinsThe composting materials shall be mixed or turned at regular intervals as conditions mandate, to remix ingredients, distribute moisture, rebuild porosity and aid in the physical breakdown of the composting material. Water or wet food waste should be added during dry weather to maintain the appropriate moisture level.
  • The composting operation should contain no more than 10 cubic yards of composting material unless express written authorization has been issued by the City of Geneva Department of Public Works.
  • The composting activities shall be located or constructed to prevent composting material from sitting in ponded surface water, and shall be situated no closer than 15 feet from the average seasonal high water line of perennial water bodies.
  • The composting container shall be located no closer than four feet to any side or rear property line.
  • In no event shall composting activities be conducted in a manner that creates public nuisances such as bad odors, swarming insects, or rodents.