Composting & Grasscycling

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Grass Clippings Create a Disposal Problem: 

Disposing of grass clippings is very costly and wasteful. Grass clippings are a major part of New Jersey’s municipal solid waste stream. As New Jersey residents, we are already helping to reduce the amount of waste we generate by recycling newspapers, plastics, glass cans and more. We can do more by not collecting grass clippings each time we mow our lawn and putting the clippings curbside. This will save our towns time and money!

Excessive clippings that may accumulate on the lawn in the spring and fall can be avoided by cutting the lawn more frequently. Using a mulching mower is another good strategy to return grass clippings to the lawn.

Benefits of Composting - Environmentally Friendly Thing to Do:

Composting kitchen and yard debris can divert from landfills over 30 percent of the average residential waste. If everyone had their own compost heap or bin, we could reduce landfill use, avoid burying nutrients and trace minerals and creating methane gases.

Composting saves you money by reducing the volume of trash transported and disposed of in landfills and by providing a FREE, nutrient-rich soil additive. Composting recycles nutrients and organic matter back into the soil. Compost improves soil moisture and decreases erosion, while feeding vegetable and flower gardens.

Benefits of Grasscycling:  

Grasscycling your lawn clippings with any mower saves time and money. No bags to fill or empty...a ton of grass clippings costs from $65 to $100 for disposal...and grasscycling reduces fertilizer use and increases organic matter to promote healthier soil and plants.

The Somerset County Board of Freeholders is pleased to provide two composting workshops in 2017.

2017 Backyard Composting Workshops

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Somerset County 4-H Center
310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater
10 -11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Register by April 6, 2017
Flier and Registration Form

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Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Somerset County Administration Building
20 Grove St., Somerville – 2nd Floor Engineering Conference Room
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Register by Sept. 13, 2017 (Deadline extended to Sept. 19)
Flier and Registration Form

For more information or to register, call 908-231-7109.

Composting Fact Sheets

Backyard Leaf Composting
Home Composting
Yard Trimmings
Using Leaf Compost
Minimizing Waste Disposal Grass Clippings
Worm Composting

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