Recycling food and other organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling nutrients, and more.

Is food waste that big of a problem?
  1. Unfortunately, yes; approximately 40% of all food produced nationally is wasted. This not only wastes valuable resources, but it also wastes the opportunity to go to someone in need
  2. Please visit the NJDEP’s Food Waste FAQ to learn more.
NEW: The Environmental Department is excited to announce the launch of a FREE pilot residential food waste drop-off program in partnership with Community Compost Company (CCC).


  1. Register for FREE by taking the registration quiz (CLICK HERE FOR QUIZ). At the end of the quiz, you will receive a combination to open the compost shed.
  2. Note: this program is for residents only! Businesses and institutions should coordinate with compost companies directly for food scrap pickup service.
  1. Collect food scraps and paper products in any airtight container or paper bag. Pro tip: store scraps in the freezer until drop-off!
  2. What CAN be put in the drop-off bins: 
    1. ALL FOOD: fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, grains, eggs & shells, coffee grounds, etc.
    2. SOME PAPER: coffee filters, food-soiled paper, uncoated paper plates, tea bags, paper towels
  3. What CANNOT be put in the drop-off bins:
    1. NON-FOOD: plastic, “compostable” plastics, metal, glass, styrofoam, liquids, coated paper, chemicals, frozen food boxes, produce stickers, staples in tea bags, waxed cardboard, grease
  1. WHERE:
    1. Once registered, you can drop off your food scraps at 1 of 5 drop off sites located next to:
      1. The Xchange Community Garden
      2. Fountain Park Community Garden
      3. Millridge Community Garden
      4. Shetik Field
      5. Harmon Cove Towers Bus Stop
    2. CLICK HERE to view a map of the drop-off sites
  2. WHEN:
    1. Drop-offs are only permitted SATURDAY through TUESDAY
    2. By limiting drop-offs to 4 days per week (Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, & Tuesdays ONLY) it ensures that food scraps are not sitting too long between pickups.
  3. WHY: 
    1. Through this program, we aim to greatly reduce the amount of food waste that our community sends to the landfill. In doing so, we will create usable compost for Hudson Valley farms while reducing our carbon footprint and saving tax dollars!