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Table of Contents:
Backyard Composting

Foam Recycling
Polystyrene Peanut Drop
Reuse It
Source Reduction



What is Composting?
Composting is a natural process of decomposition, where organic m
aterials are recycled into a dark, crumbly, earthy smelling soil amendment known as

Why Should I Compost?

  • Compost benefits your soil and plants
  • Composting can save money
  • Composting is easy
  • Composting helps the environment

Things You Should Compost:

  • vegetable and fruit scraps
  • coffee grounds/filters and tea bags
  • grass clippings (nitrogen source) and leaves (carbon source)
  • other yard waste
  • chopped twigs/branches

Things You Should NOT Compost:

  • Meat scraps/bones
  • Dairy products
  • cooking oils
  • pet waste
  • disease or insect infested plants

There are many different types of compost bins, from the simple homemade type to a variety of manufactured types. All will work if you follow the proper procedures.


  • Place your compost bin on bare soil
  • Keep the material moist, like a wrung out sponge
  • Allow it to get air - stir or turn over regularly
  • Cut material being added into small pieces
  • Add a variety of materials
  • Cover added kitchen waste with brown material such as leaves

For more information:
Call the Master Gardener Hotline for technical questions at 732-398-5220

Backyard Compost Bin Sale

Polystyrene "Styrofoam" Recycling

At this time, the only facility that accepts block foam, i.e. found in packaging of computers, consumer electronics, TV's, etc., in this area is:

Foam Pack Industries
72 Fadem Rd
Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 376-3700
Contact: Harvey Goodstein
No Food Containers


Polystyrene "Styrofoam" Peanut Drop-off Locations for Re-use:

Mail Boxes Etc.
Call or visit their website for the location nearest you.



Lawn experts have shown that grass clippings left on your lawn act as a natural fertilizer. This produces a healthier lawn that greens sooner in the spring and stays green longer into the fall. Leaving clippings on the lawn also reduces weeds and the incidence of certain diseases. Grasscycling does not contribute to problems with thatch. Thatch is formed from the accumulation of dead roots and stems. Thatch can be caused by overwatering and overfertilizing.

Grasscycling saves Money

  • You don't need to buy bags.
  • You don't need to buy as much fertilizer.
  • You water less.

Grasscycling saves Time

  • You don't need to bag your clippings, drag them to the curb or bring them to a recycling center.
  • You can apply fertilizer less often.

Tips for a Great Looking Lawn

  • Avoid mowing more than the top third of the grass.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp.
  • Water in the morning, water deeply and less often.
  • Fertilize less often.
  • Consider the purchase of a mulching mower or mulching blade

For more information on grasscycling, contact the Division at 732-745-4170 for a brochure, or call the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service of Middlesex County hotline at 732-745-3442, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 12 noon.

The Middlesex County Improvement Authority has developed a directory which details various organizations that will accept donations for reuse. The guide lists the materials accepted as well as contact information for the organizations. You may call the MCDSWM at 732-745-4170 or the MCIA at 1-800-488-MCIA for a copy of the guide.



I'm recycling, why isn't that enough?

Although recycling does reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill, it still costs money to collect and recycle those materials. By reducing the amount of waste that you generate and reusing items when possible, you will help save money, energy, and resources for the next generation. Here are some ideas to help you Reduce and Reuse:

  • Don't buy what you don't need!!!
  • Buy products with the least amount of packaging.
  • Buy items packaged in recyclable material.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that you use infrequently.
  • Use a mug at work instead of disposable cups.
  • Write to the Mail Preference Service to request your name
    not be sold on mailing lists so that you receive less junk mail:

    c/o Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 9008,
    Farmingdale, NY 11735 (include all variations of your names as well as
    street address, city, state, and zip - results could take 3-6 months);
    and call or write to Trans Union to have your name and address
    removed from all mailing lists offered by the main consumer credit
    reporting agencies. Call 1-888-567-8688 or write to Trans Union LLC's Name
    Removal Option, PO Box 97328, Jackson, MS, 39288-7328.