Edison, NJ -  This week, four members of the Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team (ESJGT) attended the 2019 New Jersey Composting Council’s Inaugural Organics Waste Management Summit in Bordentown, NJ, at the Rutgers University Eco-Center. 

The New Jersey Composting Council was established earlier this year by members of the United States Composting Council that reside in New Jersey. “We believe compost manufacturing and compost utilization are central to Organics Recycling, creating healthy soils, supporting community gardens, clean air and water, and a sustainable society,” stated the NJCC.

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed in a process known as Composting.  This process recycles organic materials (e.g.: Food Waste; Leaves; Grass Clippings; Wood Chips) otherwise discarded in landfills as garbage.  However, as Compost it produces a Soil Conditioner rich in nutrients that help plants, fruit and vegetables grow healthy and organically.

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Participation in the NJCC Inaugural Summit was timely for ESJGT as it will sponsor a series of free workshops on Composting Best Practices as the host of a Rutgers Environmental Steward (RES) later this month. The ESJGT RES workshops shall occur on Thursday October 10 at 6:30 PM at the Edison Public Library North Edison; Saturday October 19 at 10:00 AM at the Edison Public Library Clara Barton; Monday October 21 at 6:30 PM at Edison Public Library Main Branch;  and Wednesday October 23 at 6:30 PM at the Metuchen Senior Center.

The 2019 NJCC Inaugural Summit presented six tracks throughout the day: Curbside and Community Organics; Legal Updates and State of Organics in NJ; Compost Utilization and Marketing; Compost and Renewable Energy Technologies & Solutions; Circular Economy; Compostable Products.  Discussions by a Keynote Speaker (Rod Tyler, NJCC President) and Special Guest Fireside Chat (Debbie Mans, Deputy Commissioner, NJDEP) were also included.

ESJGT members reported they thoroughly enjoyed the 10/1/19 NJCC Inaugural Summit and plan to share their impressions of it (as well as the Composting and related information they obtained) with other members at the next ESJGT meeting.