Jersey City expands community compost program

Program saved 33,000 pounds of disposable waste from landfills

Jersey City will expand composting drop-off sites to five additional locations.
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Jersey City will expand composting drop-off sites to five additional locations.

Jersey City will expand its Composting Program with the launch of curbside pickup and eight community drop off locations at community gardens, religious institutions, libraries, and municipal buildings.

Since the Jersey City Composting Program began two years ago, nearly 33,000 pounds of disposable waste has been diverted from landfills and has instead been used as nutrient-rich organic material to help fertilize home and community gardens and parks.

“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,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.  “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.”

Curbside pickup is the latest step to further composting efforts.

According to the city, an electric bicycle will be used for food waste pickup, which will carry 200 pounds of composting per trip. Residents can register by filingl out the Curbside Composting form.

In 2018, the city launched its first-ever composting effort with the Backyard Composting Program and Compost Drop-Off Program.

The backyard program allows residents to receive free bins to process their household’s kitchen scraps into finished organic compost for use in their gardens.

Compost serves as a natural fertilizer to help retain moisture for growing gardens and landscape plants.

The city partnered with community gardens and religious institutions to create easily accessible drop-off locations.

Up to eight drop-off locations meet the growing demand and encourage more participants.

Residents collect food waste in an airtight container of their choosing and leave what is collected weekly at a number of drop off locations throughout the city.

The program offers free/discounted backyard composting bins and workshops.

To participate sign up here.

No registration is required. Residents can drop off their unwanted food scraps  on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at the  Brunswick Community Garden, Five Corners Library,  LCCS (Kensington entrance), City Hall, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Pop Up Jackson Hill, Riverview Farmers Market, or the Department of Public Works.

For more information, visit https://jcmakeitgreen.org/composting/.

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