Public Works - Organic Recycling
Janice Brokofsky, General Information
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CURBSIDE ORGANIC COLLECTION PROGRAM
Lawrence Township provides residents, on an optional basis, the opportunity to compost their organic waste through a Curbside Organic Collection Program (see flyer).
The cost is $17.00 per month, billed on a quarterly basis by Central Jersey Waste, which includes a 32 - gallon recycle cart. Organic carts are collected every Wednesday and the contents are transported to various local farms for composting. During the week, residents are encouraged to store their waste in compostable BioBags.
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Residents can register for the Curbside Organic Waste Program anytime and are permitted to share the service with a neighbor in order to reduce costs.
What goes in the Green Organic Cart?
If it grows, it goes!
Raw food, scraps, cooked food, meat, bones, paper towels, pizza boxes, fruit and vegetable peels, litter box material, coffee grounds, tea bags, fish, egg shells, egg cartons (non - Styrofoam), waxed cardboard, oils, fats, butters, brown paper bags, paper take - out containers, newspapers, office paper, fruits and nuts, breads, pasta, grains, liquids and sauces, houseplants and flower bouquets, and dairy products.
Removing organic materials from the waste stream reduces the amount of trash that is taken to the landfill. According to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste make up 20 - 30% of the waste stream, by far the largest percentage of waste category going into municipal landfills. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills, where they take up precious space and release methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
All curbside organics are taken to a special facility and turned into usable soil. By joining the program you will
- Reduce your garbage by 20-30% and keep it out of the landfills
- Help create usable soil for our gardens and on our farms
- Decrease methane gas produced when the organic waste decays over time
If you still have questions, please call Janice Brokofsky in the Department of Public Works at (609) 587‐1894.
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