Don’t trash those food scraps!

Secaucus launches composting program

The Secaucus Environmental Department has launched a new program to help reduce the amount of food waste the community sends to the landfill, the town announced.

On average, 1,160 pounds of food are lost to the garbage can each year by an American family of four.

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With the support of Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council, Secaucus has announced the launch of a pilot residential food scraps drop-off program.

Separating food scraps from regular garbage is an easy way to divert waste from the landfill and help the environment, according to the town, which encourages residents to participate in the program to ensure it can continue after the six-month pilot period.

Five locations

Five drop-off sites have locked sheds where registered residents can deposit food scraps.

Fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, grains, eggs and shells, coffee grounds, and flowers can be deposited into collection bins. Some paper is allowed, including coffee filters, napkins, paper towels, uncoated paper plates and tea bags.

Prohibited items include plastic, metal, glass, chemicals, Styrofoam, liquids, grease, produce stickers, staples in tea bags, coated paper, molded fiber, diapers, tissues, menstrual products, and pet waste.

Bins are picked up weekly by Community Compost Company, which is certified organic. Those interested in the program call 201-864-733. can visit secaucusnj.gov/compost, where there is a link to a short registration survey.

The Environmental Department will email registered residents an access code to unlock the shed at your location. Food scraps can be dropped off any time, Saturday through Tuesday.

Jersey City and Hoboken are the only other towns in the county with municipal composting programs.

Recently, Hoboken expanded its municipal composting program to include 12 drop-off locations. Jersey City expanded its composting program last July.

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