Hoboken expands composting

Photo curtesy of Community Compost Company
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Photo curtesy of Community Compost Company

Hoboken’s free residential composting options for residents will expand.

As of June 15, the city and Community Compost Company will offer residential compost drop off at four locations:

  • City Hall, 94 Washington St. near the patio behind City Hall on Bloomfield Street between Newark and First Streets
  • Church Square Park, 400 Garden St. near the restrooms in the center of the park.
  • Elysian Park, 1100 Hudson St. near the restrooms on the north side of the park.
  • 7th & Jackson Plaza near the Portland Loo restroom on Seventh Street between Monroe and Jackson streets.

 “I’m very pleased that we are able to provide more composting drop off locations within Hoboken,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “This expansion will help reduce Hoboken’s landfill waste and is part of our comprehensive strategy to create a more sustainable city. I encourage all residents to consider these composting options and take part in improving our local environment.”

The expansion of composting is the latest step in Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan calls for Hoboken to become carbon neutral by 2050, exceeding the goals of the Paris Agreement.

In 2018, the city and Community Compost Company expanded the composting program to include weekly curbside pickup of food scraps for local businesses and schools, and also introduced the free composting drop off location at the Public Works Garage which will now close.

Community Compost Company also offers an option for residential pickup of food scraps directly from the doorstep on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for a fee.

The Community Compost Company takes collected food scraps to farms where they are recycled into compost, which is used to fertilize the soil.

Typically, garbage from Hoboken is transported to a landfill in West Virginia. Tipping fees alone cost approximately $100 per ton of waste.

In comparison, food scraps and other organic materials are transported to a farm in upstate New York, costing approximately $60 per ton of waste.

Separating food scraps and other organic materials from garbage for composting diverts waste from the landfill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. According to the city, it also saves money for Hoboken taxpayers by cutting down on landfill fees and the volume and frequency of garbage collection.

For more information, visit https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/compost.