Food waste composting services

Food waste composting - apple coreMcGill offers food waste composting services and processes tons and tons of food waste every year.  Waste generators range from global food processors and supermarket chains to employee cafeterias and local restaurants.

Economical, direct service for high-volume generators

For high-volume generators, we offer hauling services in tractor-trailers and roll-off boxes (minimum tonnage fees apply).

Third-party services for low-volume generators

Since local health departments and other jurisdictional agencies may require food waste collection every few days, most of the folks who contact us about food waste composting are not generating the volumes required to make direct service by McGill a cost-effective option.

If your food scraps and compostable plastics would fill a few carts over 2-3 days — not a dumpster — then you likely fall into this category.

Fortunately, some communities are served by third-party collection companies providing door-to-door services to households and low-volume commercial customers.   Talk to your local recycling coordinator for a list of route service providers operating in your area.

Bring your food waste to us

Customers can also bring food waste to us.  Minimum requirements:

  • Load is transported by a CDL-licensed driver in a commercially-licensed vehicle
  • Vehicle is compatible with our off-loading system, i.e., hands-free tipping of load into receiving pit
  • Intake contract is pre-approved; we do not provide any type “drop-off” service to the general public

Minimum tipping fees and load requirements will apply.

We will accept …

Pre- and post-consumer food waste in all categories, including meat and dairy:

  • Scraps, culls, plate waste
  • Recall or past sell-by products
  • Waxed/unwaxed cardboard
  • Dirty paper
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • Fats, oils and cooking grease (FOG)
  • Other production and processing by-products, including sweepings and DAF sludge
We will not accept …

Any food waste contaminated with —

  • Glass and other sharps
  • Metal
  • Ceramics
  • Non-compostable plastics

Contaminants must be hand-picked or screened out during processing.  If food waste loads are contaminated, the additional cost for decontamination will add to the cost of the composting service.  Highly-contaminated loads will be rejected for disposal at the generator’s expense.

The next step

Do you —

  • Meet our minimum requirements and want to send food waste to a McGill facility for composting?
  • Want to send digestate to a McGill facility for composting or add a composting module to your plant as a finishing step to boost revenue?
  • Do you operate an existing yard waste or biosolids composting operation and plan to add food waste to the mix?

Please call the corporate office at 919-362-1161 or use this contact form.  In addition to our own composting plants, we also design-build-operate facilities for other owners.  Marketing and sales of the resulting compost product(s) can be included in the licensing agreement.


View our Food Waste InfoSheet

Go to our compostable plastics page

View our Composting Package Plants webpage

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