LH Health & Wellness: Composting: What It Is And How To Do It

Hoboken is going green!

Photo Credit: Community Compost Co.

With the elimination of single use plastic bags, and styrofoam containers next (yay!), more people in our city want to know how they can make better decisions for our environment. I spoke with Andrea Rodriguez of Community Compost Co. about urban composting and was totally fascinated. I shared with her that my mom, who lives in the burbs, has been composting forever so while I’m familiar with the concept, I had no idea it was possible in a city setting with no backyard.

Community Compost Co was founded up in the Hudson Valley, which is where the composting takes place. It was born out of a vision to restore soil and get food scraps out of landfills. As Andrea put it, it’s like a vitamin for soil! As a supplement junkie, this really excited me.

Many local businesses have gotten involved such as ChocOPain, Hudson Table, Black Rail, All Saints Coffee in Hoboken and Barcade, The Archer, Subia's, Bucket & Bay Gelato, and The Little Gym in Jersey City. The city of Hoboken has also partnered with the company to create a free drop off program for residents at the Public Works Garage, 256 Observer Highway on Saturdays from 9 am-12 noon and Mondays from 8 am-12 noon.

There is also a paid membership. The company provides a 5 gallon bucket to collect food scraps and picks it up weekly. Twice a year you can choose to receive composted soil for your own use (can be added to some house plants!) or donate it.

This kind of service helps create a movement. When you look at the food scraps you collect, you might begin to realize you’re overbuying at the grocery store and become more mindful of your purchases. It’s so important to remember that when it comes to the environment, little actions add up to big change.

So what is composting and how do you get started? Andrea gave us all the info!

The process of composting takes food waste and yard waste and recycles it into dark, soil-like material with an earthy smell (aka compost). Composting can eliminate up to 60% of your garbage, which is important because when food scraps, leftovers, grass clippings, or dried leaves make it to landfills, they don’t have the necessary air and water to decompose properly. Instead, methane, a greenhouse gas 25x more potent than carbon dioxide, is emitted.

In addition to fighting climate change, compost is also a key component to healthy food. Think of compost like a vitamin for our soil, it provides beneficial microorganisms that restore soil health. By improving our soil, which grows the food that we eat, we’re restoring the quality of our food. At the same time, in our households, by separating food for composting, families are more conscious of their food waste and make a more concerted effort to only buy what they are going to use. This minimizes food waste and also reduces grocery bills.

Are you ready to get started? Here’s how:

1. Sign up for food scrap pick up.

Community Compost Company​ collects food scraps and leftovers directly from your doorstep. You’ll receive a 5-gallon airtight bucket to fill with all ​acceptable materials​ and CCC will swap it out for a clean one weekly or bi-weekly. The cost is $29/month for weekly pick up and $19/month for bi-weekly pick up. Sign up on their website or email ​

2. Free Food Scrap Drop Off

Bring your food scraps to the Public Works Garage (256 Observer Highway) on Saturdays from 9am-12pm and Mondays from 8am-12pm.

3. Backyard Composting

If you’re lucky enough to have access to outdoor space, you can compost on your own. You’ll just need a compost bin, food scraps, yard waste (dried leaves or dried grass clippings), air, and water!

About Community Compost Company: Established in 2013, Community Compost Company (CCC) is a Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise that collects organic material and processes it into compost. Servicing residents, businesses and institutions in Hoboken and Jersey City, NJ and the Hudson Valley of NY, the company is one of the first in the region to provide this service, and the only to apply a waste-to-resource systems approach. The collected food waste, formerly slated for the landfill, is processed into quality compost that supports soil health, water quality, stormwater reduction, and sequesters carbon to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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