Composting doesn’t have to mean dealing with a smelly trash can full of rotting food and pesky bugs.
In Montclair, there are many ways to put nutrients from food waste back into the soil: drop off your food scraps with a local organization to enrich their gardens, spin up a compost bin in your own backyard, or place the waste at outdoors for a weekly pick-up. at the top.
Composting helps the soil retain moisture, suppress plant diseases and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, according to the environmental protection agency. But it also reduces methane emissions from landfills and reduces the carbon footprint.
According to the EPA, there are three main ingredients for composting: browns, including dead leaves and branches, greens, including fruit and vegetable scraps, and water.
However, many types of waste don’t belong in compost, according to Lana Mustafa, farm manager at Montclair Community Farms. Meat, dairy products, plastics and aluminum foil should not be placed in the compost as they affect the decomposition process or do not decompose at all.
Montclair residents can take advantage of the township’s home composting program, which subsidizes the cost of home composting bins. Residents can then use the compost in their gardens.
Montclair Community Farms has been distributing the bins for the township for ancient Gray Russell, Head of Sustainability, retired in 2021. As of July 11, there were seven Earth Machine compost bins for sale, each with a price tag of $77according to Mustapha.
Montclair Community Farms also accepts food waste for its own use. Trash can be dropped off at 108 Orange Road in a bin marked “yes” at any time of the day and any time of the year.
“All [residents] have to do is bring it and cover their gift with some browns,” Mustafa said.
The Northeast Earth Coalition also accepts leftover food at its Pine Street community garden at 94 Pine Street behind Mount Carmel Holy Church. Residents can leave their trash in a gray bin labeled “compost” between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, said Jose German Gomez, founder of the Northeast Earth Coalition.
“The composting program started in March 2020 and has been very successful,” said German Gomez.
Northeast Earth Coalition is also planning a new composting site in Upper Montclair.
Montclair residents can also take advantage of several commercial options available for food waste collection, composting in the yard or on the counter.
Java’s Compost, based in West Orange, collects food waste around Montclair on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Visit company website for more information.
Other products, such as Pela’s Subpod and Lomi, are also available for home composting.
For more information on how Montclair residents can compost, join the Facebook group “Montclair Backyard Compost Co-Op” Where visit the Montclair Environmental Commission website.