JERSEY CITY, NJ - A successful citywide program that has led to the redirection of 33,000 pounds of disposable waste from landfills to community and home gardens, as well parks, had another positive impact on Jersey City this past weekend. Through Jersey City’s composting program household waste that can be used as nutrient rich organic material can now be picked up curbside and dropped off at eight locations citywide. 

Composting is the controlled process of turning recycling organic materials, such as food scraps, wood waste and dried yard trimmings into a useful natural fertilizer to help retain moisture for growing gardens and landscaping plants. 

“We continue to expand our efforts in sustainability for a more resilient future, and our composting program has proven to be an effective way to help our residents who may not have home gardens or other means to naturally get rid of food waste.  The tens of thousands of pounds of food waste we’ve already collected has been diverted from the typical route to a local landfill, reducing greenhouse gases, and effectively enhancing our community gardens to help plants grow,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.

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The new curbside pickup component is the latest step to help further composting efforts.  An electric bicycle will be used to travel citywide for food waste pick up collection and can carry 200 pounds of composting per trip. Residents who are interested in registering can fill out the Curbside Composting form.

Jersey City launched its first-ever composting efforts in 2018 with the Backyard Composting Program and Compost Drop Off Program. To date, the backyard program is ongoing; interested residents can receive free bins to process their household's kitchen scraps into finished organic compost for use in their own gardens. For residents without gardens but still wanting to compost, the city partnered with community gardens and religious institutions to create easily accessible drop off locations.

The drop off process is simple - residents collect food waste in an airtight container of their choosing, then simply drop off what is collected weekly at one of the city’s eight drop off locations. 

Click here for more information about Jersey City’s composting program.

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