HOBOKEN, NJ – Today is Earth Day – so let’s pour some for our corrosive organic materials as the City of Hoboken announced the expansion of free residential composting options for residents. The Hoboken Department of Environmental Services and Community Compost Company will reportedly triple the size of the program by adding free household compost to eight additional composting points in addition to four existing dispensaries this spring.
According to the city of Hoboken, the composting program diverted 27.71 tons of food waste from landfills in 2020, offsetting 1,584 gallons of gas – the equivalent of nearly 35,000 kilometers driven. Expanding the city’s full composting program will save an estimated 5.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from traditional waste disposal, which appears to be the equivalent of 15 cars being removed from roads.
“The numbers speak for themselves – our free composting program has a direct impact on improving our environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Bhalla. “This new expansion will greatly increase that effort and ensure that almost all Hoboken residents have access to dispensing composting within a short walk of their home. I thank Director Jen Gonzalez, David Calamoneri, the Hoboken Green Team, and the Community Compost Company for helping us expand this program from one location in 2018 to twelve this year. “
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The following new locations for drop-off composting will be added later this spring:
- Harborside Park (near the shadow structure in the middle of the park)
- Jackson Street Community Garden
- Maxwell Park (near Boathouse)
- Multi-service center (near the ice rink on Adams Street between 1st and 2nd streets)
- 7th & Jackson Plaza (near the Portland Loo toilet on 7th Street between Monroe and Jackson Streets)
- Southwest Park (on Harrison Street between Observer Highway and Paterson Avenue)
- Stevens Park (on 4th Street on River Street)
- Viaduct (14th Street on Adams Street)
The following locations currently accept drop-off composting:
- City Hall (near the terrace behind City Hall on Bloomfield Street between Newark and First Streets)
- Church Square Park (near toilets in the middle of the park)
- Columbus Park (near 9th & Clinton Streets)
- Elysian Park (near toilets on the north side of the park)
The expansion of composting is the latest step in Hoboken’s climate protection plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Hoboken’s climate change plan, set out by Mayor Bhalla in an Earth Day ordinance in 2019, calls for Hoboken to become carbon neutral by 2050, exceeding the goals of the Paris Agreement.
In 2018, the City of Hoboken and Community Compost Company expanded their composting program to include weekly roadside food collection for local businesses and schools, and introduced the free composting drop-off point in the public works garage. For a fee, the Community Compost Company also offers the option of picking up leftovers weekly or biweekly from your doorstep.
Under typical circumstances, Hoboken trash is transported to a landfill in West Virginia, where tip fees alone cost approximately $ 106 per tonne of waste. In comparison, leftover food and other organic materials are shipped to a farm in New York State, costing around $ 20 per tonne of waste. The expansion is expected to save Hoboken taxpayers up to $ 75,000 per year in garbage disposal fees through the composting program.
By separating leftover food and other organic materials from garbage for composting, waste is diverted from the landfill and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. This also saves money for Hoboken taxpayers by lowering landfill fees and the volume and frequency of garbage collection.
For more information and a card with free submission pages, see https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/compost.
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