Maplewood Township is hosting a six-month food waste composting pilot program beginning September 1, 2021. The program will collect organic waste from 55 participating households, who will commit to bringing their waste to the Department of Public Works (DPW) lot at 359 Boyden Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
From the DPW lot, the compost will be collected weekly for transportation to a commercial composting facility in Andover, NJ. All selected participants will pay a one-time registration fee of $50. Participation in the program is dependent on form submission, payment of registration fee, and participation in a mandatory virtual training. A waitlist will be maintained once the program reaches capacity. If you are interested in participating in the pilot program, please submit your information using the Google Form found at https://tinyurl.com/maplewoodcompost.
Who is Eligible to Participate in Maplewood's Food Waste Composting Pilot?
Residents from throughout Maplewood are eligible to participate. Participants will be chosen by lottery for representation from each of our community’s six DPW sections.
If you are already composting food waste in your backyard, or if you subscribe to a curbside food waste collection program, you are not eligible to participate in this pilot program.
Reasons to participate in Maplewood's Food Waste Composting PIlot:
- It's a great way to reduce garbage going to the Essex County incinerator, where up to 30% of what we discard is organic food waste. The average home could reduce waste by 10-20 pounds per week.
- It's economical. For $50, participants will receive composting services for six months. This equals out to roughly $2/week. The remaining costs for the pilot are being covered by Maplewood Township. The $50 fee covers all needed training, materials, and processing for each participating household.
- Your food waste will be made into high quality compost, which provides a host of environmental benefits.
- Pilot participation provides valuable information on the potential to reduce food waste through composting, which can lead to cost savings in trash disposal.
- This pilot program will be studied to assess feasibility for expanded implementation of composting, both in Maplewood and throughout New Jersey.