composting

COMPOSTING 101

 

Compost ShedThe best way to reduce food waste is to practice thoughtful and creative strategies to consume all of the food that you purchase. If at the end of the day, you’ve got remaining food scraps like banana peels or coffee grounds or food that you just couldn’t get to before spoiling—you can recycle your food scraps to create compost!

Composting is the controlled management of the decomposition of organic material so that it becomes a nutrient-rich soil amendment that helps plants thrive.

Benefits of Composting:

  • Reduces organic waste that goes to a landfill, reducing greenhouse gases.
  • Finished compost helps improve the health of the soil and serves as a natural fertilizer.
  • Compost helps retain moisture for growing garden and landscaping plants

 

Jersey City’s Residential Composting Programs

Jersey City launched its first-ever composting efforts in 2018 with a Residential Compost Drop-Off Program and a Backyard Composting Program. Check out how many pounds of food scraps have been collected so far. Find out more about each program below.

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Backyard Composting Basics

To compost in your backyard, you only need a few materials to get started. A compost bin, a container to collect your food scraps in the kitchen, and a tool to circulate the air in the compost pile. Collect food scraps in the freezer or in a countertop container. Mix greens and browns in backyard bin. Aerate with turner or shovel.