Camden County will compost food waste rather than dispose of it in landfill

David Madden
February 05, 2020 - 3:03 pm

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Camden County will take a new approach to getting rid of food scraps in four of its facilities.

A proposed pilot program will take about 6 tons of unused scraps a week out of the trash stream from Camden County’s prison, juvenile detention center, college, and vocational-technical school. Instead of hauling it to a landfill, it’ll be turned into compost.

“It’s going to compost back into a natural item, and they’ll use it for fertilizer or for soil or for whatever their needs are,” County Freeholder Jonathon Young said.

The scraps will be stored in 55-gallon drums for pickup. A half-dozen firms have submitted bids for the contract, which begins in March. A decision is expected next week.

“As much as you can keep out of the landfills, the better off they are,” Young added. “We’re just reusing or repurposing stuff that would normally go away into the landfills and we can just use it for something else.”

Not only is this seen as environmentally sound, but it could even lower the county’s waste disposal bills.

Back in October, the county imposed a plastics ban in county facilities and at events it sponsors.​