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Elizabeth, NJ – Union County supermarkets, institutions, restaurants and schools are hoping to save money by recycling their food waste instead of trucking it to landfills or incinerators, and a free seminar will show how it can be done.  The Union County Food Waste Forum will be held on Monday, March 16, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Kean University.

Pre-registration is required.  For a downloadable flyer and registration form, visit

“Food recycling shows great promise as an effective way to control costs while greening your operations,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “The Food Waste Forum is a great opportunity to connect with experienced recyclers who can help you get started.”

The Food Waste Forum is hosted by Kean University, and is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Rutgers Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group.  The agenda for the event will cover:

  • How to set up a food waste collection program.
  • Presenters from local recycling, hauling and composting businesses.
  • How food waste can be made into organic fertilizer.
  • Success stories from local institutions.

The benefits of food waste recycling include easing disposal costs, cutting greenhouse gasses, reducing toxic chemicals used in conventional fertilizers, and developing an eco-friendly profile that attracts customers and clients.

A local food waste recycling company in Woodbridge has begun processing food waste into organic fertilizer.  Union County recently completed a food waste audit, and will field-test the organic fertilizer on County parkland.

Demand is growing for the byproducts of food waste recycling.  Businesses and households are using more organic compost, organic fertilizer, biofuels, and natural gas captured during recycling.