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Compost (Organics Recycling)

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Compost (Organics Recycling)

The City of Hoboken in partnership with Community Compost Company offers the following composting services. Community Compost Company takes collected food scraps to farms where they are recycled into compost, which is used to fertilize the soil.

Garbage from Hoboken is transported to a landfill in West Virginia and tipping fees alone cost approximately $100 per ton of waste. In comparison, food scraps and other organic materials are transported to a farm in upstate New York, costing approximately $60 per ton of waste. Separating food scraps and other organic materials from garbage for composting is an easy way to divert waste from the landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also saves money for Hoboken taxpayers by cutting down on landfill fees and the volume and frequency of garbage collection.

Compost (Organics Recycling)

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Compost (Organics Recycling)

The City of Hoboken in partnership with Community Compost Company offers the following composting services. Community Compost Company takes collected food scraps to farms where they are recycled into compost, which is used to fertilize the soil.

Garbage from Hoboken is transported to a landfill in West Virginia and tipping fees alone cost approximately $100 per ton of waste. In comparison, food scraps and other organic materials are transported to a farm in upstate New York, costing approximately $60 per ton of waste. Separating food scraps and other organic materials from garbage for composting is an easy way to divert waste from the landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also saves money for Hoboken taxpayers by cutting down on landfill fees and the volume and frequency of garbage collection.

Residential Compost Drop off Program — FREE!

The City of Hoboken and Community Compost Company offer a FREE compost drop off site for Hoboken residents.

Hoboken expanded the residential compost drop off program to 4 sites on June 15, 2020. Residents are be invited to drop off food scraps and other compostable materials (see “What can you compost?” below) in the Green bin at the following sites:

  • City Hall, 94 Washington Street (near patio behind City Hall on Bloomfield Street between Newark and First Streets)
  • Church Square Park, 400 Garden Street (near restrooms in the center of the park)
  • Elysian Park, 1100 Hudson Street (near restrooms on the north side of the park)
  • 7th & Jackson Plaza (near Portland Loo restroom on 7th Street between Monroe and Jackson Streets)
  • Note: the drop off site at the Public Works Garage is closed
Register for FREE Compost drop off by completing this What Can You Compost? Quiz.

Each bin is locked to avoid contamination. The combination to unlock the bin will be provided after you successfully complete the quiz (on the last page).

Please drop food scraps and other compostable materials in the green toter, and drop plastic bags in the garbage can. Plastic bags are NOT compostable in Hoboken, even compostable plastic bags. All plastic bags should go in the garbage.

PLEASE DO NOT DROP PLASTIC BAGS (INCLUDING COMPOSTABLE PLASTIC BAGS) OR OTHER GARBAGE INTO THE GREEN COMPOST TOTER!

Download the Residential Composting Flyer

Residential Compost Pickup Program

In 2015, the City of Hoboken partnered with the Community Compost Company to implement one of New Jersey’s first residential composting programs.

Community Compost Company picks up your food scraps (see “What can you compost?” below) directly from your doorstep for a nominal fee of $24/month for biweekly pick-up service or $39/month for weekly pick-up service.

Click here to register for residential compost pickup service with the Community Compost Company. 

Business and School/Institution Compost Pickup Program

Compost Company offers curbside pickup of food scraps services to local businesses, schools, and institutions.

Click here to register for commercial compost pickup service with the Community Compost Company. 

Download the Business and School Composting Flyer

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