Managing Organics


Waste Management partners with local municipalities and customers to divert organic material, such as leaves and food waste, from the landfill and recycle it into a beneficial product through composting on site at High Acres. Composting is the controlled biological decomposition of organic material that results in a finished product that has been sanitized through the generation of heat and stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth. There are many applications for the finished compost product including landscaping, gardening, turf management, erosion control, and agriculture. Increasing soil organic matter with compost builds healthier soil and plants by:

  • Increasing water holding capacity, reducing watering needs
  • Improving soil structure, ensuring a healthier root environment
  • Supplying vital nutrients and improving the soil’s ability to hold nutrients
  • Increasing soil organic matter


Brush Processing

Trees, limbs and branches are also collected and managed at High Acres in an environmentally responsible way. A tub grinder turns brush into wood chips that can be beneficially reused. The chips are used to build trails at the High Acres Nature Area and in landscape applications.

Residents of the Town of Perinton have access to free wood chips and compost produced at High Acres through the Town’s give back program. Visit the Town's website here for more information on location and timing.

Both of these processes serve to keep organic material out of the landfill and instead manage them in a way that regenerates valuable products for use by High Acres and the community.