Monday, March 09, 2009

Cutting Edge Compost

On Tuesday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomfield Civic Center, Nicholas Smith-Sebasto, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies at Montclair State University will present a seminar on large-scale aerobic composting as used at MSU since 2007, sponsored by the Bloomfield Recycling Committee. The MSU composter can process approximately 2 tons of food residue daily at a cost of about $3 a day, produces compost for lawns and gardens, and diverts food waste from landfills and incinerators. Everyone is welcome to attend, particular schools, colleges, businesses, and other institutions with large amounts of food waste.

An excellent Mike Peters photo essay on the innovative process can be seen on the MSU website.
“The amount of food residue that ends up in landfills is astonishing,” said the Professor, “and the food waste that is thrown out and ends up in landfills is a contributing factor to the ‘build out’ problem that has reached a critical point in New Jersey.”

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