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Hoboken composting program expands

Mayor Ravi Bhalla, the Hoboken Green Team, and residents at one of Hoboken's new drop-off composting locations.
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Mayor Ravi Bhalla, the Hoboken Green Team, and residents at one of Hoboken's new drop-off composting locations.

Hoboken now has 12 public locations to drop off composting. 

While the mile-square city already had four locations, eight new ones opened on June 18, tripling the size of the program. 

The expansion is part of Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and aims for the city to become carbon neutral by 2050. 

 “We’re proud to partner with Community Compost Company to substantially expand our drop-off composting program,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Composting is a simple but effective way to help Hoboken achieve the goals of our Climate Action Plan, and I encourage residents to sign up for the program.”

How to participate

The locations are behind City Hall near the patio on Bloomfield Street between Newark and First streets; near the restrooms at Church Square Park; near the restrooms at Elysian Park; near the restroom at Seventh and Jackson Plaza; at the Southwest Park on Harrison Street between Observer Highway and First Street; at Harborside Park on Park Avenue between 15th Street and 16th Street; at Maxwell Park on Sinatra Drive North; at Stevens Park on Fourth Street and River Street; at the Multi-Service Center on Second Street between Adams and Grand Streets; at the community gardens on Third and Jackson streets; at Columbus Park at 10th and Grand streets; and under the Viaduct on Adams Street and 14th Street.

Food, including vegetables, fruits, meat, and dairy products; coffee grounds; uncoated paper products like coffee filters, paper towels, and napkins can be composted.

To see a full list go to hobokennj.gov/compost

Residents must register and take a quiz to ensure compliance with the composting guidelines at the above website. 

Once the quiz is completed, those who registered will receive a combination for the locked composting bins. 

Reducing waste 

Those who compost can reduce their household trash by roughly 50 percent, according to the city which estimates that the program will save taxpayers $75,000 a year in garbage disposal fees. 

The city estimates that through the expansion, the composting program will eliminate 5.6 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from traditional waste disposal, which is the equivalent of removing 15 cars from roadways.

So far, the composting program has diverted over 96,000 pounds of waste from landfills, reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 42.28 metric tons, offset over 60,600 miles driven, and avoided over 2,700 gallons of gas. 

 “We believe composting should be available to all, and the resulting compost returned to local gardens and green spaces to restore soil and grow food,” said Community Compost Company founder Eileen Banyra.

Hoboken and Community Compost Company have partnered on the composting program since 2015 to turn food waste destined for the landfill into compost for soil.

Community Compost Company also provides door-to-door residential and commercial food scrap collection services.

The food scraps collected are transported to CCC’s farm in the Hudson Valley where they are recycled into compost and sold through the brand Hudson Soil Company in bags and bulk. Hudson Soil Co. Compost is sold at garden centers and stores such as Whole Foods and in larger quantities to urban and rural farms, home gardeners, and stormwater restoration projects. 

To learn more visit communitycompostco.com. 

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