Recycling NJ
Organic Waste Recycling

Business or School Food Waste Recycling

This web page is principally designed to encourage composting and other food or garden waste recycling methods within your own home. However, if you work for a business or school that generates a lot of food waste each week, you may be interested in ways to recycle this waste, in a commercially viable way.

The food waste your business or school generates can be collected by specialist food waste recycling companies, who will turn the waste into compost, garden fertilizers or even vehicle fuel. Haulage companies charge less for the transport of organic waste than they charge for general trash, so your business can save a lot of money if you separate organic waste and arrange for it to be recycled.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton started recycling organic waste from its restaurant and reduced their annual running costs by over $10,000. Click here, for details.

The following businesses in NJ collect food and organic waste for composting, biofuel production or making farm animal feed. Any organization that generates a lot of organic waste (paper, food and garden waste) can save money on their overall waste disposal costs by using a specialist organic waste hauler.

Organic Waste

We all generate lots of organic waste each week, in the form of kitchen scraps and garden waste. Rather than discarding this organic material in the trash it can be used to prepare nutrient rich soil for our house-plants or garden.

For people living in an apartment it is still possible to prepare your own compost to feed your pot plants and window boxes. Although you cannot use an outdoor composter, you can still use a small wormery to collect fruit or vegetable scraps and paper waste. You may be surprised to discover that a well maintained wormery does not smell and within a couple of months can generate perfect compost for your household plants. A small wormery can be kept under the sink in the kitchen so you can add your kitchen scraps as you are cooking.

If you are lucky enough to have your own garden then you have a fantastic source of organic material that can be put to good use. Rather than discarding your garden trimmings, leaves and grass clippings into the trash you can use them to provide nutrients for your plants and lawn by turning them into compost or leaf mould or using a grass cycling technique to feed your lawn.

Making use of this organic material on your property helps the environment by reducing the amount of tonnes of waste that is transported around the country, reducing and often eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers to feed your plants and also can reduce the amount of watering your garden requires by helping to retain the water content of the soil.

However, during the autumn when there is a lot of leaves on the ground and at other times of year if you are having a major garden renovation you may find that you have too much garden waste to be able to compost it conveniently in your own garden. Your local county may offer collections of garden waste either throughout the year or just in the autumn depending on where you live. You can also take garden waste to select recycling centers throughout New Jersey. For more information on what garden waste your county will collect and the dates when it will be collected check out your local county recycling site.

Follow the links below for more information on how to make use of organic waste in your home or garden.

For apartments or households without any garden.


  • Using a wormery is a great way to make use of your kitchen scraps rather than discarding them into the trash. Worms can decompose organic material extremely quickly and turn it into highly nutritious compost for your household plants and window boxes. For more information, click here.

For households with a garden


  • Turn your garden trimmings and kitchen scraps into a nutrient rich organic soil for your garden. For more information, click here.

Leaf Mould Preparation

  • Use your fallen leaves to prepare leaf mould which can be used as a mulch to reduce the loss of water from the soil around your plants or use it as an organic feed to introduce nutrients back into your soil. For more information, click here.

Grass Cycling

  • A great way to make use of all those grass clippings, return nutrients to your lawn and at the same time reduce the amount of work you need to do in the garden. For more information, click here.