June 18, 2021

Hoboken opens eight new drop-off composting locations, tripling size of program

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, Community Compost Company and the Hoboken Green Team are pleased to announce that twelve public locations are now available for composting drop-off in Hoboken. Eight new locations opened today, tripling the size of the program and creating greater accessibility for all Hoboken residents. The composting expansion is a component of Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050.  

The 12 drop-off composting locations now include:

  • City Hall - near patio behind City Hall on Bloomfield Street between Newark and First Streets
  • Church Square Park - near restrooms in the center of the park
  • Elysian Park - near restrooms on the north side of the park
  • 7th & Jackson Plaza - near Portland Loo restroom on 7th Street between Monroe and Jackson Streets
  • Southwest Park - On Harrison St. between Observer Hwy and 1st Street
  • Harborside Park - On Park Ave. between 15th and 16th Streets
  • Maxwell Park - On Sinatra Drive North at Frank Sinatra Drive
  • Stevens Park - On 4th Street at River Street
  • Hoboken Multi-Service Center – 2nd Street between Adams and Grand Streets
  • Hoboken Community Gardens - On 3rd Street at Jackson Street  
  • Columbus Park - 10th Street at Grand Street
  • Under the Viaduct - On Adams Street at 14th Street

“Hoboken will continue to be a leader in environmental sustainability, and we’re proud to partner with Community Compost Company to substantially expand our drop-off composting program,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Composting a simple but effective way to help Hoboken achieve the goals of our Climate Action Plan, and I encourage residents to consider these new drop-off locations and sign-up for the program!”  

“We are honored to be partnering with the City of Hoboken to grow accessibility to food waste recycling. We believe composting should be available to all and the resulting compost returned to local gardens and green spaces to restore soil and grow food,” said Eileen Banyra, founder of the Community Compost Company.

Residents of Hoboken can utilize the drop spot by registering at hobokennj.gov/compost and taking a quiz to ensure compliance with the composting guidelines. The combination for the locked bins will be available once the quiz is completed. Participants have the opportunity to reduce their household trash by over 50% through composting. The practice also allows you to save money on groceries by limiting wasted food from overbuying.  

The following materials are accepted in the composting program: All food including vegetable, fruits, meat and dairy products; coffee grounds; uncoated paper products like coffee filters, paper towels, napkins; and more. See full list at hobokennj.gov/compost.

With the expansion, the City’s full composting program is estimated to avoid 5.6 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from traditional waste disposal, which is the equivalent of removing 15 cars from roadways. The expanded composting program is also estimated to save Hoboken taxpayers up to $75,000 a year in garbage disposal fees.

The drop-off composting program has achieved the following, to reduce Hoboken’s carbon footprint:

96,020: Pounds of waste diverted from landfills
42.28: Metric tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions  
2,743: Gallons of gas avoided:
60,630: Miles driven offset

The City of Hoboken and Community Compost Company have partnered on composting programs since 2015 to turn food waste destined for the landfill into compost for restoring soils. In partnership with the City, Community Compost Company also provides door-to-door residential and commercial food scrap collection services. The food scraps collected are transported to CCC’s farm in the Hudson Valley where they are recycled into compost and sold through the brand Hudson Soil Company in bags and bulk. Hudson Soil Co. Compost is sold at garden centers and stores such as Whole Foods and in larger quantities to urban and rural farms, home gardeners and stormwater restoration projects.  

To learn more about all Community Compost Company offerings, visit communitycompostco.com and hudsonsoil.com for compost products.

Caption: Mayor Bhalla, Community Compost Company, and residents at one of the new composting drop off locations at Hoboken Community Garden